California school district spending and test scores

Alvord 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 Alvord Unified compare to other California districts?

Spending per student

$7,775   Median: $8,234

API score in 2010

752   Median: 783

$7,775 spent per student ($146.5 million total expenditures)

Districts with similar spending per student
Fontana Unified $7,781
Escalon Unified $7,779
San Mateo-Foster City Elementary $7,778
Alvord Unified $7,775
South Whittier Elementary $7,768
Ocean View Elementary $7,766
Lompoc Unified $7,755
Spending per student
in districts with similar attendance
Grossmont Union High (18,708.50) $9,325
Oceanside Unified (19,005.80) $8,492
Anaheim City Elementary (18,616.90) $8,399
Alvord Unified (18,845.90) $7,775
Jurupa Unified (19,354.70) $7,601
Simi Valley Unified (19,431.10) $7,300
Val Verde Unified (18,537.30) $6,740
Spending per student in adjacent districts
Riverside Unified $8,055
Alvord Unified $7,775
Jurupa Unified $7,601
Corona-Norco Unified $7,303

752 API score in 2010

Districts with similar API scores in 2010
Tulelake Basin Joint Unified 752
Bangor Union Elementary 752
Susanville Elementary 752
Alvord Unified 752
Laytonville Unified 752
Leggett Valley Unified 752
Southern Trinity Joint Unified 752
API scores in 2010
in districts with similar attendance
Simi Valley Unified (19,431.10) 816
Val Verde Unified (18,537.30) 780
Oceanside Unified (19,005.80) 773
Anaheim City Elementary (18,616.90) 755
Alvord Unified (18,845.90) 752
Jurupa Unified (19,354.70) 743
Grossmont Union High (18,708.50) 736
API scores in 2010 in adjacent districts
Corona-Norco Unified 801
Riverside Unified 781
Alvord Unified 752
Jurupa Unified 743
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