California school district spending and test scores

Fullerton 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 Fullerton Elementary compare to other California districts?

Spending per student

$7,290   Median: $8,234

API score in 2010

855   Median: 783

$7,290 spent per student ($96.4 million total expenditures)

Districts with similar spending per student
Simi Valley Unified $7,300
Sundale Union Elementary $7,296
Cucamonga Elementary $7,291
Fullerton Elementary $7,290
Standard Elementary $7,283
Williams Unified $7,283
Santee Elementary $7,281
Spending per student
in districts with similar attendance
Santa Barbara School Districts (13,434.75) $8,619
Bellflower Unified (13,716.60) $8,060
Covina-Valley Unified (13,389.10) $7,636
Apple Valley Unified (12,946.60) $7,569
Evergreen Elementary (12,948.80) $7,418
Santa Maria-Bonita Elementary (13,221.50) $7,414
Fullerton Elementary (13,222.70) $7,290
Spending per student in adjacent districts
Anaheim City Elementary $8,399
Norwalk-La Mirada Unified $8,301
Anaheim Union High $8,168
Buena Park Elementary $8,034
Placentia-Yorba Linda Unified $7,826
La Habra City Elementary $7,805
Fullerton Elementary $7,290
Show more adjacent districts

855 API score in 2010

Districts with similar API scores in 2010
Temecula Valley Unified 856
Bitterwater-Tully Union Elementary 855
Spreckels Union Elementary 855
Fullerton Elementary 855
Castro Valley Unified 854
Seiad Elementary 854
Glendora Unified 854
API scores in 2010
in districts with similar attendance
Evergreen Elementary (12,948.80) 874
Fullerton Elementary (13,222.70) 855
Bellflower Unified (13,716.60) 777
Apple Valley Unified (12,946.60) 770
Covina-Valley Unified (13,389.10) 769
Santa Maria-Bonita Elementary (13,221.50) 717
Santa Barbara School Districts (13,434.75) N/A
API scores in 2010 in adjacent districts
Brea-Olinda Unified 864
Lowell Joint Elementary 862
Fullerton Elementary 855
Placentia-Yorba Linda Unified 847
Buena Park Elementary 811
La Habra City Elementary 760
Anaheim City Elementary 755
Show more adjacent districts
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