California school district spending and test scores

Walnut Valley 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 Walnut Valley Unified compare to other California districts?

Spending per student

$7,197   Median: $8,234

API score in 2010

898   Median: 783

$7,197 spent per student ($104.1 million total expenditures)

Districts with similar spending per student
Orange Unified $7,208
Outside Creek Elementary $7,201
Tres Pinos Union Elementary $7,199
Walnut Valley Unified $7,197
Sonora Elementary $7,184
Pond Union Elementary $7,183
Yuba City Unified $7,180
Spending per student
in districts with similar attendance
Santa Clara Unified (14,102.10) $9,647
Santa Rosa Elementary/High, City of (14,689.70) $8,919
Vallejo City Unified (14,231.50) $8,779
Napa Valley Unified (14,732.90) $8,076
Burbank Unified (14,760.80) $7,659
Pleasanton Unified (14,395.40) $7,599
Walnut Valley Unified (14,467.90) $7,197
Spending per student in adjacent districts
Pomona Unified $9,057
Rowland Unified $8,088
Covina-Valley Unified $7,636
Chino Valley Unified $7,533
Brea-Olinda Unified $7,271
Walnut Valley Unified $7,197

898 API score in 2010

Districts with similar API scores in 2010
Acalanes Union High 899
Los Gatos-Saratoga Joint Union High 898
Canyon Elementary 898
Walnut Valley Unified 898
Eureka Union Elementary 897
Carmel Unified 897
Cayucos Elementary 896
API scores in 2010
in districts with similar attendance
Pleasanton Unified (14,395.40) 906
Walnut Valley Unified (14,467.90) 898
Burbank Unified (14,760.80) 832
Santa Clara Unified (14,102.10) 799
Napa Valley Unified (14,732.90) 776
Vallejo City Unified (14,231.50) 731
Santa Rosa Elementary/High, City of (14,689.70) N/A
API scores in 2010 in adjacent districts
Walnut Valley Unified 898
Brea-Olinda Unified 864
Chino Valley Unified 812
Rowland Unified 792
Covina-Valley Unified 769
Pomona Unified 721
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