California school district spending and test scores

Compton 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 Compton Unified compare to other California districts?

Spending per student

$10,586   Median: $8,234

API score in 2010

679   Median: 783

$10,586 spent per student ($254.8 million total expenditures)

Districts with similar spending per student
Newport-Mesa Unified $10,669
Brisbane Elementary $10,634
Black Butte Union Elementary $10,626
Compton Unified $10,586
Saratoga Union Elementary $10,547
Fall River Joint Unified $10,535
Dunsmuir Elementary $10,517
Spending per student
in districts with similar attendance
Compton Unified (24,069.20) $10,586
East Side Union High (23,456.70) $8,671
Glendale Unified (25,476.70) $8,325
Rialto Unified (25,458.30) $8,231
Placentia-Yorba Linda Unified (24,855.40) $7,826
Torrance Unified (23,617.30) $7,505
Chaffey Joint Union High (23,706.50) $7,465
Spending per student in adjacent districts
Compton Unified $10,586
Los Angeles Unified $10,015
Long Beach Unified $8,719
Paramount Unified $8,321
Lynwood Unified $8,061

679 API score in 2010

Districts with similar API scores in 2010
Mcfarland Unified 680
Richland Union Elementary 679
Waukena Joint Union Elementary 679
Compton Unified 679
Westwood Unified 678
Pixley Union Elementary 677
Caliente Union Elementary 677
API scores in 2010
in districts with similar attendance
Torrance Unified (23,617.30) 853
Placentia-Yorba Linda Unified (24,855.40) 847
Glendale Unified (25,476.70) 842
Chaffey Joint Union High (23,706.50) 747
East Side Union High (23,456.70) 736
Rialto Unified (25,458.30) 732
Compton Unified (24,069.20) 679
API scores in 2010 in adjacent districts
Long Beach Unified 759
Paramount Unified 733
Los Angeles Unified 709
Lynwood Unified 689
Compton Unified 679
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