California school district spending and test scores

Cotati-Rohnert Park 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 Cotati-Rohnert Park Unified compare to other California districts?

Spending per student

$8,410   Median: $8,234

API score in 2010

761   Median: 783

$8,410 spent per student ($49.1 million total expenditures)

Districts with similar spending per student
Dinuba Unified $8,418
Sunol Glen Unified $8,416
Enterprise Elementary $8,412
Cotati-Rohnert Park Unified $8,410
Anaheim City Elementary $8,399
Santa Ana Unified $8,396
Whittier Union High $8,393
Spending per student
in districts with similar attendance
Cotati-Rohnert Park Unified (5,842.40) $8,410
Selma Unified (6,028.60) $8,313
Barstow Unified (5,849.20) $8,096
Dublin Unified (5,799.40) $7,945
Charter Oak Unified (5,893.50) $7,573
Jefferson Elementary (5,737.90) $7,273
Brea-Olinda Unified (5,723.70) $7,271
Spending per student in adjacent districts
West Sonoma County Union High $8,876
Cotati-Rohnert Park Unified $8,410
Bellevue Union Elementary $8,322
Liberty Elementary $7,990
Dunham Elementary $7,348
Gravenstein Union Elementary $6,479

761 API score in 2010

Districts with similar API scores in 2010
Newark Unified 762
Gazelle Union Elementary 762
Campbell Union High 761
Cotati-Rohnert Park Unified 761
Kit Carson Union Elementary 760
El Monte City Elementary 760
Turlock Unified 760
API scores in 2010
in districts with similar attendance
Dublin Unified (5,799.40) 878
Brea-Olinda Unified (5,723.70) 864
Charter Oak Unified (5,893.50) 788
Jefferson Elementary (5,737.90) 779
Selma Unified (6,028.60) 773
Cotati-Rohnert Park Unified (5,842.40) 761
Barstow Unified (5,849.20) 734
API scores in 2010 in adjacent districts
Liberty Elementary 913
Gravenstein Union Elementary 870
Dunham Elementary 831
West Sonoma County Union High 779
Cotati-Rohnert Park Unified 761
Bellevue Union Elementary 740
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