California school district spending and test scores

Imperial 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 Imperial Unified compare to other California districts?

Spending per student

$7,109   Median: $8,234

API score in 2010

815   Median: 783

$7,109 spent per student ($24.5 million total expenditures)

Districts with similar spending per student
Placer Hills Union Elementary $7,121
Richfield Elementary $7,112
Benicia Unified $7,111
Imperial Unified $7,109
Fieldbrook Elementary $7,099
Tustin Unified $7,096
Amador County Unified $7,093
Spending per student
in districts with similar attendance
Mountain View-Los Altos Union High (3,510.70) $13,157
Santa Paula Elementary (3,516.10) $8,867
Nevada Joint Union High (3,449.20) $8,707
Palo Verde Unified (3,316.60) $7,896
Eureka Union Elementary (3,387.30) $7,882
Imperial Unified (3,447.50) $7,109
Norris Elementary (3,398.80) $6,112
Spending per student in adjacent districts
Julian Union High $16,301
Julian Union Elementary $15,219
Mountain Empire Unified $9,823
Seeley Union Elementary $9,193
Meadows Union Elementary $8,754
Westmorland Union Elementary $8,704
Holtville Unified $8,451
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815 API score in 2010

Districts with similar API scores in 2010
Rosedale Union Elementary 815
Auburn Union Elementary 815
Lucia Mar Unified 815
Imperial Unified 815
Belridge Elementary 815
Enterprise Elementary 815
Mckinleyville Union Elementary 815
API scores in 2010
in districts with similar attendance
Eureka Union Elementary (3,387.30) 897
Mountain View-Los Altos Union High (3,510.70) 852
Norris Elementary (3,398.80) 841
Imperial Unified (3,447.50) 815
Nevada Joint Union High (3,449.20) 801
Santa Paula Elementary (3,516.10) 777
Palo Verde Unified (3,316.60) 674
API scores in 2010 in adjacent districts
Mccabe Union Elementary 864
Julian Union Elementary 825
Imperial Unified 815
El Centro Elementary 772
Brawley Elementary 751
Meadows Union Elementary 748
Julian Union High 741
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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