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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 2021 – 2022 school year.
  • Expenditures: 2020
  • Educational Environment: 2021 (latest available). Updated annually.
  • All data updated July 2023

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Overview

Public Schools Overview California School Districts by City
Number Of Students 5,893,127
Number Of California Schools 10,377
Number Of California School Districts 2,108
Spending Per Student $17,602

State Test Scores

Reading/English Language Arts Tests

60 50 40 30 20 10 0
42%
44%
47%
45%
49%
46%
6%
54%
    3rd Grade
    4th Grade
    5th Grade
    6th Grade
    7th Grade
    8th Grade
    10th Grade
    11th Grade
Reading Proficiency

Math Test

50 40 30 20 10 0
44%
39%
32%
33%
32%
29%
0%
27%
    3rd Grade
    4th Grade
    5th Grade
    6th Grade
    7th Grade
    8th Grade
    10th Grade
    11th Grade
Math Proficiency

School enrollment by group

Ethnic/Racial Groups This State Nation
White (non-hispanic) 22.7% 48.1%
Black 5.4% 15.8%
Hispanic 58.3% 28.9%
Asian Or Pacific Islander 12.7% 5.8%
American Indian Or Native Of Alaska 0.9% 1.4%
Special Needs Groups This State Nation
Economically Disadvantaged 57.6% 48.1%
English Language Learners 20.2% 10.0%
Students With Disabilities 12.8% 14.9%

Class Size (number of students per classroom teacher)

25 20 15 10 5 0
22.0
15.9
    AVG FOR STATE
    AVG FOR NATION

California Education Environment

Population State Nation
Population 39,029,342 333,287,557
Population Density (per sq. mile) 247 93
Population distribution by age STATE NATION
4 Years Old And Below 6.0% 5.9%
5-19 Years Old 19.5% 19.3%
20-44 Years Old 35.3% 33.2%
45-64 Years Old 25.0% 25.6%
65 Or Older 14.4% 16.0%
HOUSEHOLD CHARACTERISTICS STATE NATION
Number Of Households 13,147,353 120,158,879
Single Parent Households With Children 8.3% 8.4%
Adults With At Least A High School Diploma 84.2% 88.9%
Adults With At Least A Bachelor's Degree 35.3% 33.6%
HOUSEHOLD INCOME DISTRIBUTION STATE NATION
$150,000 or more 25.1% 17.4%
$100,000 - $149,999 17.5% 16.3%
$75,000 - $99,999 12.3% 12.8%
$50,000 - $74,999 14.7% 16.8%
$30,000 - $49,999 12.7% 15.5%
$15,000 - $29,999 9.5% 11.8%
$15,000 or less 8.2% 9.4%

Education Expenditures

For the State Per Student Total % of Total
Instructional Expenditures $8,443 $49,757,893,850 48.0%
Support Expenditures
Student $924 $5,448,154,552 5.3%
Staff $874 $5,153,341,847 5.0%
General Administration $228 $1,344,982,098 1.3%
School Administration $939 $5,530,709,253 5.3%
Operation $1,330 $7,835,832,768 7.6%
Transportation $297 $1,752,376,286 1.7%
Other $706 $4,162,206,192 4.0%
Total Support $5,299 $31,228,266,126 30.1%
Non-instructional Expenditures $3,859 $22,743,739,970 21.9%
Total Expenditures $17,602 $103,729,621,761 100.0%
For the Nation Per Student Total % of Total
Instructional Expenditures $7,794 $384,567,026,223 49.5%
Support Expenditures
Student $841 $41,500,431,613 5.3%
Staff $665 $32,787,987,253 4.2%
General Administration $269 $13,273,339,703 1.7%
School Administration $756 $37,281,585,830 4.8%
Operation $1,191 $58,747,506,944 7.6%
Transportation $504 $24,858,475,672 3.2%
Other $491 $24,247,526,162 3.1%
Total Support $4,716 $232,696,768,378 29.9%
Non-instructional Expenditures $3,247 $160,183,697,619 20.6%
Total Expenditures $15,757 $777,446,989,564 100.0%