California school district spending and test scores

Cupertino Union Elementary School District

Despite years of efforts to equalize spending in California schools, some districts receive thousands of dollars more per student than others. And although some districts spent much more than the average, the bigger expenditure didn't assure higher scores on the state's Academic Performance Index, which is based on student test scores and other academic measures. Download a spreadsheet of spending per student and Academic Performance Index data for all school districts here.

How does Cupertino Union Elementary compare to other California districts?

Spending per student

$7,590   Median: $8,234

API score in 2010

951   Median: 783

$7,590 spent per student ($133.9 million total expenditures)

Districts with similar spending per student
Rockford Elementary $7,598
Antelope Elementary $7,595
Yucaipa-Calimesa Joint Unified $7,592
Cupertino Union Elementary $7,590
Rio Dell Elementary $7,585
Greenfield Union Elementary $7,584
Rio Elementary $7,583
Spending per student
in districts with similar attendance
Coachella Valley Unified (17,386.50) $8,767
Alhambra Unified (17,940.50) $8,047
Escondido Union Elementary (17,266.60) $7,938
Cupertino Union Elementary (17,643.90) $7,590
Antioch Unified (17,812.30) $7,578
San Marcos Unified (17,291.00) $7,493
Madera Unified (17,755.40) $7,442
Spending per student in adjacent districts
Lakeside Joint Elementary $16,421
Mountain View-Los Altos Union High $13,157
Los Gatos-Saratoga Joint Union High $11,579
La Honda-Pescadero Unified $10,941
Saratoga Union Elementary $10,547
Santa Clara Unified $9,647
Los Altos Elementary $9,549
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951 API score in 2010

Districts with similar API scores in 2010
Del Mar Union Elementary 961
Orinda Union Elementary 954
Reed Union Elementary 953
Cupertino Union Elementary 951
San Marino Unified 949
Portola Valley Elementary 949
Cold Spring Elementary 949
API scores in 2010
in districts with similar attendance
Cupertino Union Elementary (17,643.90) 951
San Marcos Unified (17,291.00) 853
Alhambra Unified (17,940.50) 814
Escondido Union Elementary (17,266.60) 735
Madera Unified (17,755.40) 733
Antioch Unified (17,812.30) 732
Coachella Valley Unified (17,386.50) 685
API scores in 2010 in adjacent districts
Los Altos Elementary 965
Saratoga Union Elementary 965
Lakeside Joint Elementary 963
Cupertino Union Elementary 951
Los Gatos-Saratoga Joint Union High 898
Moreland Elementary 870
Mountain View-Los Altos Union High 852
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A note about the data: Spending figures refer to "current expense of education" per student in average daily attendance in 2009-10. The figures exclude certain expenditures, such as retiree benefits, food services and facilities acquisition and construction costs. Figures should be interpreted in the context of local conditions.

The state's nearly 1,000 school districts are responsible for reporting the information to the state. If individual districts spot problems with the state-reported statistics in our database, California Watch will confirm and update the data while encouraging districts to correct any errors with the state so that the public has the most accurate data available.

Interactive by Agustin Armendariz and Michael Corey. Reporting by Louis Freedberg and Stephen K. Doig.

Source: California Department of Education
Filed under: K-12