California school district spending and test scores

Pomona 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 Pomona Unified compare to other California districts?

Spending per student

$9,057   Median: $8,234

API score in 2010

721   Median: 783

$9,057 spent per student ($247.8 million total expenditures)

Districts with similar spending per student
Santa Cruz City Elementary/High $9,089
Mission Union Elementary $9,068
Twin Rivers Unified $9,062
Pomona Unified $9,057
Belmont-Redwood Shores Elementary $9,056
South Bay Union Elementary $9,054
Konocti Unified $9,053
Spending per student
in districts with similar attendance
Pomona Unified (27,359.80) $9,057
West Contra Costa Unified (27,474.00) $8,899
Desert Sands Unified (25,664.40) $8,203
Lodi Unified (27,739.10) $8,163
San Ramon Valley Unified (27,147.70) $7,824
Irvine Unified (26,197.70) $7,606
Temecula Valley Unified (27,721.50) $7,388
Spending per student in adjacent districts
Pomona Unified $9,057
Ontario-Montclair Elementary $8,340
Covina-Valley Unified $7,636
Claremont Unified $7,581
Chino Valley Unified $7,533
Chaffey Joint Union High $7,465
Bonita Unified $7,274
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721 API score in 2010

Districts with similar API scores in 2010
Beardsley Elementary 721
Loleta Union Elementary 721
Hueneme Elementary 721
Pomona Unified 721
Cuyama Joint Unified 720
Fillmore Unified 720
Bayshore Elementary 720
API scores in 2010
in districts with similar attendance
San Ramon Valley Unified (27,147.70) 916
Irvine Unified (26,197.70) 916
Temecula Valley Unified (27,721.50) 856
Desert Sands Unified (25,664.40) 787
Lodi Unified (27,739.10) 737
Pomona Unified (27,359.80) 721
West Contra Costa Unified (27,474.00) 696
API scores in 2010 in adjacent districts
Walnut Valley Unified 898
Bonita Unified 840
Claremont Unified 819
Chino Valley Unified 812
Covina-Valley Unified 769
Chaffey Joint Union High 747
Ontario-Montclair Elementary 740
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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