California school district spending and test scores

Inglewood 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 Inglewood Unified compare to other California districts?

Spending per student

$8,931   Median: $8,234

API score in 2010

711   Median: 783

$8,931 spent per student ($114.8 million total expenditures)

Districts with similar spending per student
Cutler-Orosi Joint Unified $8,950
Ross Valley Elementary $8,947
Petaluma City Elementary/Joint Union High $8,933
Inglewood Unified $8,931
Santa Rosa Elementary/High, City of $8,919
Bangor Union Elementary $8,915
Roberts Ferry Union Elementary $8,899
Spending per student
in districts with similar attendance
Inglewood Unified (12,850.20) $8,931
Whittier Union High (12,719.00) $8,393
Salinas Union High (12,404.40) $8,250
New Haven Unified (12,423.30) $8,182
Turlock Unified (12,915.60) $7,860
Apple Valley Unified (12,946.60) $7,569
Evergreen Elementary (12,948.80) $7,418
Spending per student in adjacent districts
Los Angeles Unified $10,015
Lennox Elementary $9,759
Centinela Valley Union High $9,366
Inglewood Unified $8,931
Hawthorne Elementary $7,806
Culver City Unified $7,599

711 API score in 2010

Districts with similar API scores in 2010
Woodlake Union Elementary 711
Chowchilla Union High 711
Fresno Unified 711
Inglewood Unified 711
Denair Unified 710
Colusa Unified 710
Montebello Unified 710
API scores in 2010
in districts with similar attendance
Evergreen Elementary (12,948.80) 874
New Haven Unified (12,423.30) 777
Apple Valley Unified (12,946.60) 770
Whittier Union High (12,719.00) 765
Turlock Unified (12,915.60) 760
Inglewood Unified (12,850.20) 711
Salinas Union High (12,404.40) 701
API scores in 2010 in adjacent districts
Culver City Unified 824
Hawthorne Elementary 785
Lennox Elementary 754
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