California school district spending and test scores

Clovis 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 Clovis Unified compare to other California districts?

Spending per student

$7,638   Median: $8,234

API score in 2010

866   Median: 783

$7,638 spent per student ($275.6 million total expenditures)

Districts with similar spending per student
Woodland Joint Unified $7,646
Mojave Unified $7,643
Mark West Union Elementary $7,639
Clovis Unified $7,638
Hilmar Unified $7,637
Covina-Valley Unified $7,636
Ballico-Cressey Elementary $7,635
Spending per student
in districts with similar attendance
Oakland Unified (35,825.90) $10,958
Stockton Unified (34,144.00) $9,240
San Juan Unified (39,106.50) $8,638
Sweetwater Union High (39,163.90) $8,612
Fontana Unified (38,913.60) $7,781
Moreno Valley Unified (34,136.60) $7,688
Clovis Unified (36,082.00) $7,638
Spending per student in adjacent districts
Chawanakee Unified $11,287
Sierra Unified $10,845
Fresno Unified $9,199
Sanger Unified $8,425
Golden Valley Unified $8,210
Clovis Unified $7,638

866 API score in 2010

Districts with similar API scores in 2010
Conejo Valley Unified 866
Saugus Union Elementary 866
Roseville City Elementary 866
Clovis Unified 866
Big Lagoon Union Elementary 866
Two Rock Union Elementary 866
Goleta Union Elementary 865
API scores in 2010
in districts with similar attendance
Clovis Unified (36,082.00) 866
San Juan Unified (39,106.50) 788
Sweetwater Union High (39,163.90) 758
Fontana Unified (38,913.60) 731
Oakland Unified (35,825.90) 719
Moreno Valley Unified (34,136.60) 716
Stockton Unified (34,144.00) 671
API scores in 2010 in adjacent districts
Clovis Unified 866
Golden Valley Unified 822
Sierra Unified 813
Sanger Unified 805
Chawanakee Unified 764
Fresno Unified 711
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