California school district spending and test scores

Fowler 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 Fowler Unified compare to other California districts?

Spending per student

$7,355   Median: $8,234

API score in 2010

740   Median: 783

$7,355 spent per student ($16.2 million total expenditures)

Districts with similar spending per student
Los Alamos Elementary $7,359
Valle Lindo Elementary $7,357
Burlingame Elementary $7,356
Fowler Unified $7,355
Stanislaus Union Elementary $7,353
Mulberry Elementary $7,352
Morgan Hill Unified $7,350
Spending per student
in districts with similar attendance
Saratoga Union Elementary (2,196.50) $10,547
Carpinteria Unified (2,222.40) $9,787
Gonzales Unified (2,173.60) $8,087
Hilmar Unified (2,176.50) $7,637
Linden Unified (2,321.20) $7,530
Fowler Unified (2,203.60) $7,355
Templeton Unified (2,225.10) $6,903
Spending per student in adjacent districts
Washington Union High $10,940
Orange Center Elementary $9,264
Fresno Unified $9,199
Monroe Elementary $8,465
Pacific Union Elementary $8,430
Sanger Unified $8,425
Selma Unified $8,313
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740 API score in 2010

Districts with similar API scores in 2010
Delano Union Elementary 740
Luther Burbank Elementary 740
Mendota Unified 740
Fowler Unified 740
Bellevue Union Elementary 740
San Benito High 740
Weed Union Elementary 740
API scores in 2010
in districts with similar attendance
Saratoga Union Elementary (2,196.50) 965
Templeton Unified (2,225.10) 848
Carpinteria Unified (2,222.40) 781
Hilmar Unified (2,176.50) 776
Linden Unified (2,321.20) 774
Fowler Unified (2,203.60) 740
Gonzales Unified (2,173.60) 682
API scores in 2010 in adjacent districts
Sanger Unified 805
Pacific Union Elementary 800
Monroe Elementary 783
Selma Unified 773
Fowler Unified 740
Fresno Unified 711
Orange Center Elementary 708
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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