California school district spending and test scores

Bellflower 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 Bellflower Unified compare to other California districts?

Spending per student

$8,060   Median: $8,234

API score in 2010

777   Median: 783

$8,060 spent per student ($110.5 million total expenditures)

Districts with similar spending per student
La Mesa-Spring Valley $8,069
Nuestro Elementary $8,063
Lynwood Unified $8,061
Bellflower Unified $8,060
Heber Elementary $8,059
Oxnard Elementary $8,058
Lemoore Union High $8,057
Spending per student
in districts with similar attendance
Santa Clara Unified (14,102.10) $9,647
Fullerton Joint Union High (14,052.20) $8,766
Santa Barbara School Districts (13,434.75) $8,619
Bellflower Unified (13,716.60) $8,060
Covina-Valley Unified (13,389.10) $7,636
Central Unified (13,765.50) $7,312
Fullerton Elementary (13,222.70) $7,290
Spending per student in adjacent districts
Long Beach Unified $8,719
Paramount Unified $8,321
Norwalk-La Mirada Unified $8,301
Bellflower Unified $8,060
ABC Unified $7,815
Downey Unified $7,572

777 API score in 2010

Districts with similar API scores in 2010
Gilroy Unified 777
Reeds Creek Elementary 777
New Haven Unified 777
Bellflower Unified 777
Santa Paula Elementary 777
Saucelito Elementary 777
Orchard Elementary 777
API scores in 2010
in districts with similar attendance
Fullerton Elementary (13,222.70) 855
Fullerton Joint Union High (14,052.20) 811
Santa Clara Unified (14,102.10) 799
Bellflower Unified (13,716.60) 777
Covina-Valley Unified (13,389.10) 769
Central Unified (13,765.50) 748
Santa Barbara School Districts (13,434.75) N/A
API scores in 2010 in adjacent districts
ABC Unified 822
Bellflower Unified 777
Downey Unified 771
Long Beach Unified 759
Norwalk-La Mirada Unified 754
Paramount Unified 733
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