California school district spending and test scores

Calexico 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 Calexico Unified compare to other California districts?

Spending per student

$8,668   Median: $8,234

No API score for 2010 reported for Calexico Unified School District

$8,668 spent per student ($68.2 million total expenditures)

Districts with similar spending per student
Lucerne Elementary $8,673
East Side Union High $8,671
North Cow Creek Elementary $8,669
Calexico Unified $8,668
San Benito High $8,656
San Lorenzo Valley Unified $8,643
San Juan Unified $8,638
Spending per student
in districts with similar attendance
Calexico Unified (7,868.90) $8,668
Davis Joint Unified (7,750.70) $8,487
Redondo Beach Unified (7,950.60) $7,991
Sylvan Union Elementary (7,773.60) $7,054
Brentwood Union Elementary (7,985.10) $6,918
Adelanto Elementary (7,889.50) $6,874
Beaumont Unified (7,846.70) $6,764
Spending per student in adjacent districts
Calexico Unified $8,668
Holtville Unified $8,451
Heber Elementary $8,059
Central Union High $7,955
Mccabe Union Elementary $6,330

No API score reported

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