California
Public School Ratings



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California Public Schools

Source & Methodology

Analytics built by:   Location, Inc.

Raw data sources:
  • Test Scores: Edfacts (U.S. Department of Education), State departments of education.
  • Expenditures: National Center for Education Statistics.
  • Educational Environment: American Community Survey (U.S. Census Bureau).
Date(s) & Update Frequency:
  • Test data: Reflects 2018 – 2019 school year.
  • Expenditures: 2017
  • Educational Environment: 2018 (latest available). Updated annually.

Methodology:   Only NeighborhoodScout gives you nationally comparable school ranks based on test scores, so you can directly compare the quality of schools in any location. Read more

Overview

Public Schools Overview California School Districts by City
Number Of Students 6,217,627
Number Of California Schools 10,441
Number Of California School Districts 2,115
Spending Per Student $14,315

State Test Scores (No Child Left Behind Tests)

Reading/English Language Arts Tests

Reading/English Language Arts Tests Reading Proficiency
3rd Grade 48.9667018110375
4th Grade 49.7466925836148
5th Grade 51.8424576810569
6th Grade 49.8057833476535
7th Grade 51.0303081769799
8th Grade 48.7809091130776
11th Grade 56.6410421725379

Math Test

Math Tests Math Proficiency
3rd Grade 50.6550828044558
4th Grade 45.32776237461
5th Grade 38.3374409453012
6th Grade 38.6296979956004
7th Grade 37.7198360163377
8th Grade 36.3938102474797
11th Grade 32.2288093760403

School enrollment by group

Ethnic/racial Groups This State Nation
White (non-hispanic) 24.4% 49.7%
Black 5.7% 15.9%
Hispanic 56.5% 27.3%
Asian Or Pacific Islander 12.4% 5.6%
American Indian Or Native Of Alaska 1.0% 1.5%
Special Needs Groups This State Nation
Economically Disadvantaged 59.0% 47.6%
English Language Learners 19.2% 9.7%
Students With Disabilities 12.6% 14.3%

Class Size (number of students per classroom teacher)

Class Size
AVG FOR STATE 23.34
AVG FOR NATION 16.03

California Education Environment

Population State Nation
Population 39,557,045 327,167,434
Population Density (per sq. mile) 250 91
Population distribution by age STATE NATION
4 Years Old And Below 6.3% 6.1%
5-19 Years Old 19.5% 19.3%
20-44 Years Old 35.5% 33.3%
45-64 Years Old 25.1% 26.0%
65 Or Older 13.6% 15.2%
HOUSEHOLD CHARACTERISTICS STATE NATION
Number Of Households 12,965,435 117,952,415
Single Parent Households With Children 11.0% 10.7%
Adults With At Least A High School Diploma 82.9% 87.6%
Adults With At Least A Bachelor's Degree 33.3% 31.5%
HOUSEHOLD INCOME DISTRIBUTION STATE NATION
$150,000 or more 19.3% 13.4%
$100,000 - $149,999 16.2% 14.7%
$75,000 - $99,999 12.3% 12.5%
$50,000 - $74,999 15.9% 17.4%
$30,000 - $49,999 14.9% 17.2%
$15,000 - $29,999 11.9% 13.9%
$15,000 or less 9.5% 10.9%

Education Expenditures

For The State Per Student Total % Of Total
Instructional Expenditures $7,110 $44,207,610,675 49.7%
Support Expenditures
Student $715 $4,444,735,486 5.0%
Staff $719 $4,472,549,320 5.0%
General Administration $117 $729,380,980 0.8%
School Administration $789 $4,904,545,120 5.5%
Operation $1,125 $6,991,988,357 7.9%
Transportation $265 $1,645,794,048 1.8%
Other $639 $3,971,963,894 4.5%
Total Support $4,368 $27,160,605,411 30.5%
Non-instructional Expenditures $2,836 $17,635,368,261 19.8%
Total Expenditures $14,315 $89,004,272,569 100.0%
For The Nation Per Student Total % Of Total
Instructional Expenditures $6,838 $346,122,956,267 50.6%
Support Expenditures
Student $679 $34,352,975,349 5.0%
Staff $546 $27,656,793,506 4.0%
General Administration $224 $11,359,077,651 1.7%
School Administration $657 $33,237,901,128 4.9%
Operation $1,054 $53,333,273,914 7.8%
Transportation $473 $23,948,272,674 3.5%
Other $420 $21,254,923,139 3.1%
Total Support $4,053 $205,142,872,671 30.0%
Non-instructional Expenditures $2,612 $132,190,575,207 19.3%
Total Expenditures $13,503 $683,455,649,655 100.0%