California school district spending and test scores

San Jose Unified 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 San Jose Unified compare to other California districts?

Spending per student

$9,224   Median: $8,234

API score in 2010

792   Median: 783

$9,224 spent per student ($281.3 million total expenditures)

Districts with similar spending per student
Hughes-Elizabeth Lakes Union Elementary $9,235
Mountain View Elementary $9,232
Montague Elementary $9,229
San Jose Unified $9,224
Farmersville Unified $9,223
Belleview Elementary $9,218
Fresno Unified $9,199
Spending per student
in districts with similar attendance
San Jose Unified (30,495.30) $9,224
Montebello Unified (31,027.00) $8,292
Modesto City Schools (28,221.70) $8,219
Lodi Unified (27,739.10) $8,163
Chino Valley Unified (30,688.00) $7,533
Fremont Unified (31,014.40) $7,449
Orange Unified (28,004.30) $7,208
Spending per student in adjacent districts
Mountain View-Los Altos Union High $13,157
Los Gatos-Saratoga Joint Union High $11,579
Loma Prieta Joint Union Elementary $11,201
Santa Clara Unified $9,647
Sunnyvale Elementary $9,341
Los Gatos Union Elementary $9,311
San Jose Unified $9,224
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792 API score in 2010

Districts with similar API scores in 2010
Three Rivers Union Elementary 792
Rockford Elementary 792
Sebastopol Union Elementary 792
San Jose Unified 792
Shoreline Unified 792
Rowland Unified 792
Bear Valley Unified 791
API scores in 2010
in districts with similar attendance
Fremont Unified (31,014.40) 868
Chino Valley Unified (30,688.00) 812
Orange Unified (28,004.30) 806
San Jose Unified (30,495.30) 792
Lodi Unified (27,739.10) 737
Montebello Unified (31,027.00) 710
Modesto City Schools (28,221.70) N/A
API scores in 2010 in adjacent districts
Loma Prieta Joint Union Elementary 935
Los Gatos Union Elementary 921
Union Elementary 905
Los Gatos-Saratoga Joint Union High 898
Cambrian Elementary 878
Fremont Union High 875
Fremont Unified 868
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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