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State of the Schools: 2015



Contra Costa County Statistics
Student Enrollment Growth
Schools Ethnic Makeup
County's Changing Student Population
English Language Learner (ELL) Students Up Since 1995


Academic Performance Index (API)
Williams Case Summary


Career Technical Education in Contra Costa County
College Bound UC/CSU Course Completion
County's Advanced Placement (AP) Rates Well Above National Average
UC Subject “A” Writing Test
Contra Costa County’s California Distinguished Schools
Contra Costa County’s Teachers of The Year


CA School Funding Sources
CA Per Pupil Expenditures

How California Ranks Nationally

Links to more information



Contra Costa County Statistics

Number of Public School Students
K-12 plus ungraded sections


Number of Districts (including COE)


Number of Schools


Approximate Number of Teachers


Student to Teacher Ratio


Average Class Size


Average Teacher Salary (2014-2015)


Expense of Education Per ADA* (2012-2013)
*Average Daily Attendance


Private School Enrollment (2013-2014)


Percentage of Students in Private School (2013-2014)


* ADA - Average Daily Attendance
Source: California Department of Education (CDE), 2013-2014
Contra Costa Office of Education (CCCOE) 2014-2015

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Student Enrollment Growth

  2008 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014
Enrollment 166,958 168,228 169,394 171,418 173,020 174,792
Increase over
previous year
.11% .76% .69% 1.18% .93% 1.01%

Source: CDE

Enrollment: Special Programs

  County % of
% of State Enrollment
Special Education (Dec. 1 2014) 19,906 11.4% 11.5%
Free/Reduced Meals 2013-14 71,144 40.7% 59.2%
ELL (English Language Learners) 2014-15 30,947 17.6% 22.3%
Alternative Education (Continuation, Community Based, Opportunity, Magnet Pregnant/Parenting, Independent Study) 2012-13 15,191 8.8% 11.5%
GATE (Gifted and Talented Education) 10,786 (2008-09) 6.4% 8.6%

Source: CDE Dataquest 2013-2014

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Schools Ethnic Makeup

Ethnicity Contra Costa County California
Hispanic/Latino 33.5% 53.6%
White 33.9% 24.6%
African American 9.9% 6.0%
Asian 11.9% 8.8%
Filipino 4.3% 2.5%
American Indian 0.4% 0.6%
Pacific Islander 0.7% 0.5%
Multiple Response/None 5.4% 2.8%

Source: CDE Dataquest 2014-2015

County's Changing Student Population

  1987 2015 Increase since 1987
Number of Students 118,311 174,802 47.7%
ELL Students 5,705 30,947 442.5%

Source: CDE Dataquest 2013-2014
ELL population number for 2013-2014

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California Assessment of Student Performance and Progress (CAASPP)

California Assessment of Student Performance and Progress (CAASPP) is currently being piloted.


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Academic Performance Scale

API scores are based on a scale of 200-1,000, with 800 being the statewide target.

  State Index County (2012-13)
High API 993 980
Low API 378 576

Source: CDE DataQuest

API Growth Targets (2012-2013)

The following districts in Contra Costa County had all of their schools at an 800 API or above:

  • Acalanes Union High School District
  • Brentwood Union School District
  • Byron Union School District
  • Canyon Elementary School District
  • Knightsen School District
  • Lafayette School District
  • Moraga School District
  • Orinda Union School District
  • San Ramon Valley Unified School District
  • Walnut Creek School District

Source: CDE DataQuest CPI Base 2012-2013

No Child Left Behind

  • Reauthorization of Federal Elementary and Secondary Education Act NCLB 2001
  • Strengthens federal pressure on states—standards based reform
  • NCLB touches every area of CA education policy
  • Requires 100% of students to meet state definition of academically “proficient” by 2014
  • Testing required 95% of 3rd-8th graders in reading and math by 2005-2006
  • By June 2006, all teachers meet “highly qualified” definition
  • Parent choice to transfer students
  • Publicize school report cards (SARCS) by 2005-2006

Williams Case Summary

Williams class action lawsuit settled August 2004
New laws seek to ensure all students have:

  • Access to standards-aligned instruction materials and textbooks
  • Access to school facilities that are clean, safe and functional
  • Teachers are properly assigned and credentialed

Focus is on schools in deciles 1-3, of the 2011-12 API
(original settlement based on 2003 API)

In Contra Costa 64 schools in 7 districts are subject to Williams (2015)

Role for County Superintendent, to monitor and report on results

State funding allocated

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Career Technical Education in Contra Costa County

CTE/ROP (Career Technical Education / Regional Occupational Program):

  • Serves over 12,000 students at 34 high schools in Contra Costa and Alameda
  • Over 60 rigorous standards-based courses from Accounting to Web Design
  • 49 UC-approved “a-g” courses from Advanced Architectural Design to Veterinary Science
  • Key industry partners
  • Industry internship opportunities
  • Accredited by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges
  • Courses include CA State Academic Standards and Career Technical Education Standards, as well as, industry standards.
  • Industry Advisory Committees review courses annually

College Bound UC/CSU Course Completion

Percent of graduates completing A-G college preparation course sequence

  2003 2004 2005 2006 2007 2008 2010 2012
CC County 39.9% 40.4% 37.3% 39.8% 43.8% 36.5% 40.3% 47.3%
CA 33.4% 34.1% 35.2% 35.9% 35.5% 33.9% 36.3% 39.4%

The six components labeled a-g include: two years of social science, four years of English, three years of mathematics, two years of laboratory science, two years of a foreign language, and two years of college preparatory elective courses.

Source: CDE DataQuest

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  12th Grade Cohort Enrollment 12th Grade Graduates
County 13,194 11,318 (85.8%)
State 496,045 397,871 (80.2%)


  SAT Results - County SAT Results - State
Students Tested 5,850 194,191
Seniors Tested 43.67% 39.31%
Average Score 1,601 1,492
Total >= 1500 61.35% 46.67%

Source: CDE DataQuest 2011-2012

County's Advanced Placement (AP) Rates Well Above National Average

Contra Costa County

  • Enrollment, Grades 11 & 12
  • Enrollment, Grade 12
  • Exams Takers
    • Exams Score = 3*
    • Exams Score = 4
    • Exams Score = 5


*Students receive college credit for AP exams passed with scores of “3” or higher on a scale of 1 to 5.

Source: CDE, DataQuest 2011-2012

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California High School Exit Examination

  Mathematics (County) Mathematics (State)
Students Tested * 12,721 473,428
Students Passed 10,644 391,519
Percent Passed 84% 82%


  English Language Arts (County) English Language Arts (State)
Students Tested * 12,837 475,801
Students Passed 10,843 391,967
Percent Passed 84% 82%

*10th graders

Source: CDE DataQuest 2013-2014

Contra Costa County’s California Distinguished Schools for 2014

Lafayette Elementary

  • Lafayette Elementary

Mt. Diablo Unified

  • Mt. Diablo Elementary
  • Sequoia Elementary
  • Silverwood Elementary
  • Strandwood Elementary
  • Valle Verde Elementary
  • Del Rey Elementary

Orinda Union Elementary

  • Glorietta Elementary
  • Sleepy Hollow Elementary
  • Wagner Ranch

San Ramon Valley Unified

  • Bollinger Canyon Elementary
  • Coyote Creek Elementary
  • Golden View Elementary
  • Greenbrook Elementary
  • Hidden Hills Elementary
  • John Baldwin Elementary
  • Live Oak Elementary
  • Neil A. Armstrong Elementary
  • Rancho Romero Elementary
  • Sycamore Valley Elementary
  • Tassajara Hills Elementary
  • Vista Grande Elementary

Walnut Creek Elementary

  • Walnut Heights Elementary

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Contra Costa County’s Teachers of The Year 2015-16

  • Michele Bain, Knightsen Elementary School District, Knightsen Elementary
  • Lourdes Beleche, Mt. Diablo Unified School District, Cambridge Elementary
  • Kathleen Doerr, John Swett Unified School District, Carquinez Middle School
  • Paul Fitzgerald, Acalanes Union High School District, Miramonte High School
  • Dawn Foote, Brentwood Union School District, Ron Nunn Elementary
  • David Giordano, IV, Mt. Diablo Unified School District, Olympic High
  • Sripriya Gopalan, San Ramon Valley Unified School District, Live Oak Elementary
  • Debbie Henry, Oakley Unified School District, Almond Grove Elementary
  • Vickie Hilty, Orinda Union School District, Sleepy Hollow Elementary
  • Diane Klaczynski. Pittsburg Unified School District, Hillview Junior High
  • Georgeann Kurtz, San Ramon Valley Unified School District, Gale Ranch Middle School
  • Maribel Lopez, West Contra Costa Unified School District, Dover Elementary
  • Maria McClain, Antioch Unified School District, Deer Valley High School
  • Juanita McSweeney, Lafayette School District, Happy Valley Elementary
  • Takeo Nobori, Byron Union School District, Excelsior Middle School
  • Laurel Patterson, Contra Costa County Office of Education, Marchus School
  • Katheryn Perry, Liberty Union High School District, Independence High School
  • Don Read, Moraga School District, Joaquin Moraga Intermediate School
  • Christina Schreiber, Martinez Unified School District, Martinez Junior High School
  • Shauna Tatum, Walnut Creek School District, Walnut Heights Elementary
  • Keith Valdez, West Contra Costa Unified School District, Hanna Ranch Elementary



CA School Funding Sources

Legislation enacted in 2013–14 made major changes both to the way the state allocates funding to school districts and the way the state supports and intervenes in underperforming districts. The legislation was the culmination of more than a decade of research and policy work on California's K–12 funding system. In addition to creating a new funding formula, the 2013–14 package of legislation establishes a set of new rules relating to school district transparency and accountability. Specifically, under the new rules, districts are required to adopt Local Control and Accountability Plans (LCAPs). Districts that do not meet the goals specified in their LCAPs and fail to improve educational outcomes are to receive assistance through a new system of support and intervention. (see complete summary at

CCCOE Local Control and Accountability Plan (LCAP) Web Page:

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CA Per Pupil Expenditure by Enrollment 2013-14

Three Highest
Vermont $21,263
New York $20,428
New Jersey $20,117
U.S. Average
U.S. Average $11,355
California's Relative Position (42nd)
South Dakota (37) $9,347
California (38) $9,013
Alabama (39) $8,811
Three Lowest (49th - 51st)
Arizona (51) $7,143
Utah (50) $7,476
Oklahoma (49) $7,925

Source: National Education Association, “Rankings and Estimates, December 2012-13 Update.”




Number of Students Enrolled (CA has 6,184,927; US enrollment is 49,380,319)


Number of Students Per Teacher (CA average is 24.9; US average is 15.9)


Number of Districts: 1,042 (Texas is first with 1,228)


Teacher Salaries (CA average is $68,531; US average is $56,103 in 2011-12)


Per Capita Personal Income (CA average is $44,038 in 2008; US average is $40,673)


Expenditures for Public Schools Per $1,000 Personal Income
(CA average is $38 per $1,000; US average is $40)


Per Pupil Expenditures (CA average is $9,013; US average is $10,938)


Principals Per Students (CA 2.3 per 1000; US 3.2 per 1000)


Teachers Per Students (CA 48 per 1000; US 65.4 per 1000)


Guidance Counselors Per Students (CA 1.2 per 1000; US 2.2 per 1000)


Librarians Per Students (CA 0.2 per 1000; US 1.1 per 1000)

(Except as noted, data is for 2012-13 and includes the 50 states and the District of Columbia.)

Source: EdSource, California Rankings


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Page updated on: December 12, 2016

Rev: 0.4-010514-BETA4