California school district spending and test scores

Fountain Valley Elementary 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 Fountain Valley Elementary compare to other California districts?

Spending per student

$6,981   Median: $8,234

API score in 2010

892   Median: 783

$6,981 spent per student ($42.3 million total expenditures)

Districts with similar spending per student
Pioneer Union Elementary $6,995
Lemoore Union Elementary $6,993
Lagunita Elementary $6,991
Fountain Valley Elementary $6,981
Mountain View Elementary $6,977
Plumas Lake Elementary $6,976
Willows Unified $6,959
Spending per student
in districts with similar attendance
Centinela Valley Union High (6,041.40) $9,366
Sunnyvale Elementary (6,118.20) $9,341
Magnolia Elementary (6,093.60) $8,341
Selma Unified (6,028.60) $8,313
Ramona City Unified (6,073.80) $8,099
Charter Oak Unified (5,893.50) $7,573
Fountain Valley Elementary (6,056.70) $6,981
Spending per student in adjacent districts
Newport-Mesa Unified $10,669
Santa Ana Unified $8,396
Garden Grove Unified $8,193
Ocean View Elementary $7,874
Huntington Beach City Elementary $7,178
Fountain Valley Elementary $6,981

892 API score in 2010

Districts with similar API scores in 2010
Southside Elementary 894
Hope Elementary 894
Burlingame Elementary 892
Fountain Valley Elementary 892
Grant Elementary 890
North Cow Creek Elementary 890
Huntington Beach City Elementary 889
API scores in 2010
in districts with similar attendance
Fountain Valley Elementary (6,056.70) 892
Ramona City Unified (6,073.80) 809
Magnolia Elementary (6,093.60) 800
Sunnyvale Elementary (6,118.20) 796
Charter Oak Unified (5,893.50) 788
Selma Unified (6,028.60) 773
Centinela Valley Union High (6,041.40) 644
API scores in 2010 in adjacent districts
Fountain Valley Elementary 892
Huntington Beach City Elementary 889
Ocean View Elementary 857
Newport-Mesa Unified 820
Garden Grove Unified 802
Santa Ana Unified 723
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