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CA Education Facts

Educacy was formed as a result of the ever-increasing budget cuts facing schools across California that have forced massive teacher lay-offs and the elimination of critical services and programs. While legislators wrangle with how to fix the problem, there’s much work to be done, and parents seem to be the missing link in the equation.

While these statistics may be startling, they are true. By sharing this information with other concerned parents and community members and inviting them to join our efforts, we can continue to grow Educacy and work on solutions as a unified voice.

47th
CA’s national rank in per-pupil spending1
50th
CA’s national rank in ratio of staff to students2
43rd
CA’s national rank in fourth grade reading3
41st
CA’s national rank in eighth grade math3
$7444
CA per-pupil CA state funding in 2009-20104
-$2856
Difference in CA state-funding vs. national average5
$58,000
The amount each CA prisoner costs the state every year6
$11,000
CA per-prisoner health care costs in 2009-20106
175
Number of school days in many CA schools7
223
Number of school days in Japan7
$5425
The lowest per-pupil state funding in Santa Clara County8
$12,272
The highest per-pupil state funding in Santa Clara County9
25%
CA students that are English learners10
9%
US students that are English learners10
52%
CA students that receive free or reduced-price lunches11
70.7%
CA students that graduate from high school5
73.9%
US students that graduate from high school5
25%
CA high school graduates that are prepared for college12
14%
CA Latino high school graduates that are prepared for college12
16%
CA African-American high school graduates that are prepared for college12
16,000
Number of CA teachers that lost their jobs in 200913
10,000
Number of CA classified workers that lost their jobs in 200913
6.2 million
Number of students in CA, 2 million more than Texas, the second most populous state11

Do you have more interesting education facts you’d like to share? Email info@educacy.org. Please provide the source of your info.

1 - Education Week Quality Counts, 2009
2 - Of 51 areas including the District of Columbia - National Center for Education Statistics
3 - NAEP, 2008-09
4 – California Legislative Analyst office
5 - National Center for Education Statistics
6 – 2009-2010 Governor’s budget, based on the prison population of 170,000
7 - Trends in International Mathematics and Science Study (TIMSS) 2003
8 – Ed Data website – revenue limit source funding for Evergreen Elementary School District
9 - Ed Data website – revenue limit source funding for Lakeside Joint School District
10 - Ed Source - http://www.edsource.org/data_resourcecards10_EL.html
11 – Ed Data website
12 - Education Trust-West Analysis of CDE data, Class of 2005, Includes 9th graders who have completed the A-G course sequence with a “C” or better in each class four years later.
13 - San Jose Mercury News, Mar 16, 2010