California school district spending and test scores

Centinela Valley Union High 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 Centinela Valley Union High compare to other California districts?

Spending per student

$9,366   Median: $8,234

API score in 2010

644   Median: 783

$9,366 spent per student ($56.6 million total expenditures)

Districts with similar spending per student
Flournoy Union Elementary $9,396
Guerneville Elementary $9,389
Sonoma Valley Unified $9,389
Centinela Valley Union High $9,366
Thermalito Union Elementary $9,363
Mt. Baldy Joint Elementary $9,351
Sunnyvale Elementary $9,341
Spending per student
in districts with similar attendance
Centinela Valley Union High (6,041.40) $9,366
Magnolia Elementary (6,093.60) $8,341
Selma Unified (6,028.60) $8,313
Ramona City Unified (6,073.80) $8,099
Barstow Unified (5,849.20) $8,096
Charter Oak Unified (5,893.50) $7,573
Fountain Valley Elementary (6,056.70) $6,981
Spending per student in adjacent districts
Los Angeles Unified $10,015
Centinela Valley Union High $9,366
Inglewood Unified $8,931
Redondo Beach Unified $7,991
El Segundo Unified $7,733
Torrance Unified $7,505
Manhattan Beach Unified $7,467

644 API score in 2010

Districts with similar API scores in 2010
Maricopa Unified 649
Linns Valley-Poso Flat Union 645
San Lucas Union Elementary 644
Centinela Valley Union High 644
Big Pine Unified 632
West Park Elementary 628
Happy Camp Union Elementary 625
API scores in 2010
in districts with similar attendance
Fountain Valley Elementary (6,056.70) 892
Ramona City Unified (6,073.80) 809
Magnolia Elementary (6,093.60) 800
Charter Oak Unified (5,893.50) 788
Selma Unified (6,028.60) 773
Barstow Unified (5,849.20) 734
Centinela Valley Union High (6,041.40) 644
API scores in 2010 in adjacent districts
Manhattan Beach Unified 926
El Segundo Unified 881
Redondo Beach Unified 868
Torrance Unified 853
Inglewood Unified 711
Los Angeles Unified 709
Centinela Valley Union High 644
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