California school district spending and test scores

Brawley Union High 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 Brawley Union High compare to other California districts?

Spending per student

$8,168   Median: $8,234

API score in 2010

704   Median: 783

$8,168 spent per student ($14.4 million total expenditures)

Districts with similar spending per student
Buttonwillow Union Elementary $8,176
Alpine Union Elementary $8,168
Anaheim Union High $8,168
Brawley Union High $8,168
Palm Springs Unified $8,164
Robla Elementary $8,163
Lodi Unified $8,163
Spending per student
in districts with similar attendance
Live Oak Elementary (1,749.00) $8,337
Brawley Union High (1,760.90) $8,168
Live Oak Unified (1,766.00) $7,745
Soquel Union Elementary (1,748.60) $7,556
Winton Elementary (1,744.80) $7,395
Bonsall Union Elementary (1,765.30) $7,317
Lammersville Elementary (1,765.90) $6,170
Spending per student in adjacent districts
Desert Center Unified $39,282
Julian Union High $16,301
Julian Union Elementary $15,219
San Pasqual Valley Unified $14,028
Borrego Springs Unified $13,196
Coachella Valley Unified $8,767
Calipatria Unified $8,497
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704 API score in 2010

Districts with similar API scores in 2010
Bakersfield City Elementary 706
Santa Paula Union High 705
Dunsmuir Joint Union High 704
Brawley Union High 704
Santa Maria Joint Union High 703
Borrego Springs Unified 703
Dos Palos Oro Loma Joint Unified 702
API scores in 2010
in districts with similar attendance
Lammersville Elementary (1,765.90) 862
Bonsall Union Elementary (1,765.30) 853
Soquel Union Elementary (1,748.60) 828
Winton Elementary (1,744.80) 758
Live Oak Elementary (1,749.00) 753
Live Oak Unified (1,766.00) 735
Brawley Union High (1,760.90) 704
API scores in 2010 in adjacent districts
Julian Union Elementary 825
Imperial Unified 815
Calipatria Unified 772
Julian Union High 741
Holtville Unified 735
Brawley Union High 704
Borrego Springs Unified 703
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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