California school district spending and test scores

Burbank 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 Burbank Unified compare to other California districts?

Spending per student

$7,659   Median: $8,234

API score in 2010

832   Median: 783

$7,659 spent per student ($113.0 million total expenditures)

Districts with similar spending per student
Springville Union Elementary $7,669
Kingsburg Joint Union High $7,665
Saugus Union Elementary $7,663
Burbank Unified $7,659
Perris Elementary $7,653
Elverta Joint Elementary $7,652
Camino Union Elementary $7,648
Spending per student
in districts with similar attendance
Santa Rosa Elementary/High, City of (14,689.70) $8,919
Paramount Unified (15,002.20) $8,321
Oxnard Union High (14,865.30) $8,084
Napa Valley Unified (14,732.90) $8,076
Oxnard Elementary (15,006.60) $8,058
Burbank Unified (14,760.80) $7,659
Walnut Valley Unified (14,467.90) $7,197
Spending per student in adjacent districts
Los Angeles Unified $10,015
Glendale Unified $8,325
Burbank Unified $7,659

832 API score in 2010

Districts with similar API scores in 2010
Franklin Elementary 832
Twain Harte-Long Barn Union Elementary 832
Kirkwood Elementary 832
Burbank Unified 832
Jefferson Elementary 832
Dunham Elementary 831
Rio Dell Elementary 831
API scores in 2010
in districts with similar attendance
Walnut Valley Unified (14,467.90) 898
Burbank Unified (14,760.80) 832
Napa Valley Unified (14,732.90) 776
Paramount Unified (15,002.20) 733
Oxnard Union High (14,865.30) 720
Oxnard Elementary (15,006.60) 715
Santa Rosa Elementary/High, City of (14,689.70) N/A
API scores in 2010 in adjacent districts
Glendale Unified 842
Burbank Unified 832
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