California school district spending and test scores

Rowland 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 Rowland Unified compare to other California districts?

Spending per student

$8,088   Median: $8,234

API score in 2010

792   Median: 783

$8,088 spent per student ($124.5 million total expenditures)

Districts with similar spending per student
Gerber Union Elementary $8,091
Newark Unified $8,089
Hollister Elementary $8,089
Rowland Unified $8,088
Gonzales Unified $8,087
Delano Union Elementary $8,086
Fallbrook Union Elementary $8,084
Spending per student
in districts with similar attendance
Huntington Beach Union High (15,399.80) $8,284
Baldwin Park Unified (15,254.10) $8,155
Rowland Unified (15,389.50) $8,088
Lynwood Unified (15,549.10) $8,061
Oxnard Elementary (15,006.60) $8,058
Cajon Valley Union Elementary (15,114.90) $7,888
Tracy Joint Unified (15,474.10) $7,129
Spending per student in adjacent districts
Fullerton Joint Union High $8,766
Hacienda La Puente Unified $8,356
Rowland Unified $8,088
La Habra City Elementary $7,805
West Covina Unified $7,800
Covina-Valley Unified $7,636
Brea-Olinda Unified $7,271
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792 API score in 2010

Districts with similar API scores in 2010
Three Rivers Union Elementary 792
Rockford Elementary 792
Sebastopol Union Elementary 792
Rowland Unified 792
Shoreline Unified 792
San Jose Unified 792
Lincoln Elementary 791
API scores in 2010
in districts with similar attendance
Huntington Beach Union High (15,399.80) 827
Rowland Unified (15,389.50) 792
Cajon Valley Union Elementary (15,114.90) 785
Tracy Joint Unified (15,474.10) 756
Baldwin Park Unified (15,254.10) 735
Oxnard Elementary (15,006.60) 715
Lynwood Unified (15,549.10) 689
API scores in 2010 in adjacent districts
Walnut Valley Unified 898
Brea-Olinda Unified 864
Lowell Joint Elementary 862
Fullerton Joint Union High 811
West Covina Unified 798
Rowland Unified 792
Hacienda La Puente Unified 791
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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