California school district spending and test scores

Alhambra 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 Alhambra Unified compare to other California districts?

Spending per student

$8,047   Median: $8,234

API score in 2010

814   Median: 783

$8,047 spent per student ($144.4 million total expenditures)

Districts with similar spending per student
Exeter Union High $8,054
Morongo Unified $8,047
Taft City Elementary $8,047
Alhambra Unified $8,047
San Gabriel Unified $8,046
Center Joint Unified $8,045
Luther Burbank Elementary $8,044
Spending per student
in districts with similar attendance
Pasadena Unified (18,130.90) $10,104
Alhambra Unified (17,940.50) $8,047
Cupertino Union Elementary (17,643.90) $7,590
Antioch Unified (17,812.30) $7,578
Folsom-Cordova Unified (18,199.20) $7,515
Madera Unified (17,755.40) $7,442
Val Verde Unified (18,537.30) $6,740
Spending per student in adjacent districts
Los Angeles Unified $10,015
Garvey Elementary $8,828
San Marino Unified $8,350
Montebello Unified $8,292
Alhambra Unified $8,047
San Gabriel Unified $8,046
South Pasadena Unified $7,647

814 API score in 2010

Districts with similar API scores in 2010
Lake Elsinore Unified 814
Mountain View Elementary 814
Forestville Union Elementary 814
Alhambra Unified 814
Bella Vista Elementary 814
Soulsbyville Elementary 813
Pollock Pines Elementary 813
API scores in 2010
in districts with similar attendance
Cupertino Union Elementary (17,643.90) 951
Folsom-Cordova Unified (18,199.20) 818
Alhambra Unified (17,940.50) 814
Val Verde Unified (18,537.30) 780
Pasadena Unified (18,130.90) 758
Madera Unified (17,755.40) 733
Antioch Unified (17,812.30) 732
API scores in 2010 in adjacent districts
San Marino Unified 949
South Pasadena Unified 911
San Gabriel Unified 830
Alhambra Unified 814
Garvey Elementary 804
Montebello Unified 710
Los Angeles Unified 709
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