California school district spending and test scores

Southern Kern 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 Southern Kern Unified compare to other California districts?

Spending per student

$7,935   Median: $8,234

API score in 2010

709   Median: 783

$7,935 spent per student ($25.0 million total expenditures)

Districts with similar spending per student
Dublin Unified $7,945
Escondido Union Elementary $7,938
Colton Joint Unified $7,936
Southern Kern Unified $7,935
Acton-Agua Dulce Unified $7,931
Beardsley Elementary $7,929
Carlsbad Unified $7,927
Spending per student
in districts with similar attendance
Mcfarland Unified (3,134.80) $8,704
Lafayette Elementary (3,110.50) $8,422
San Marino Unified (3,159.90) $8,350
Cambrian Elementary (3,116.10) $8,132
Southern Kern Unified (3,146.40) $7,935
El Segundo Unified (3,164.50) $7,733
Arvin Union Elementary (3,158.40) $7,495
Spending per student in adjacent districts
Kern Union High $9,109
Muroc Joint Unified $8,860
Antelope Valley Union High $8,604
Southern Kern Unified $7,935
Eastside Union Elementary $7,825
Mojave Unified $7,643
Arvin Union Elementary $7,495
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709 API score in 2010

Districts with similar API scores in 2010
Montebello Unified 710
Los Angeles Unified 709
Emery Unified 709
Southern Kern Unified 709
Trona Joint Unified 708
Big Springs Union Elementary 708
Kern Union High 708
API scores in 2010
in districts with similar attendance
San Marino Unified (3,159.90) 949
Lafayette Elementary (3,110.50) 922
El Segundo Unified (3,164.50) 881
Cambrian Elementary (3,116.10) 878
Southern Kern Unified (3,146.40) 709
Arvin Union Elementary (3,158.40) 706
Mcfarland Unified (3,134.80) 680
API scores in 2010 in adjacent districts
Westside Union Elementary 829
Muroc Joint Unified 796
Tehachapi Unified 778
Southern Kern Unified 709
Kern Union High 708
Arvin Union Elementary 706
Eastside Union Elementary 699
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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