California school district spending and test scores

Banning 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 Banning Unified compare to other California districts?

Spending per student

$9,515   Median: $8,234

API score in 2010

701   Median: 783

$9,515 spent per student ($40.8 million total expenditures)

Districts with similar spending per student
Fort Bragg Unified $9,523
Riverbank Unified $9,521
Bassett Unified $9,516
Banning Unified $9,515
Modoc Joint Unified $9,514
Merced River Union Elementary $9,498
Ukiah Unified $9,493
Spending per student
in districts with similar attendance
Banning Unified (4,288.80) $9,515
Mountain View-Whisman Elementary (4,524.40) $8,818
North Monterey County Unified (4,248.20) $7,891
Centralia Elementary (4,421.10) $7,578
Kerman Unified (4,247.90) $7,329
Atwater Elementary (4,255.30) $7,049
Oakley Union Elementary (4,466.60) $6,909
Spending per student in adjacent districts
Banning Unified $9,515
Hemet Unified $8,199
Palm Springs Unified $8,164
Morongo Unified $8,047
San Jacinto Unified $7,680
Yucaipa-Calimesa Joint Unified $7,592
Redlands Unified $7,536
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701 API score in 2010

Districts with similar API scores in 2010
Salinas Union High 701
Pleasant View Elementary 701
King City Union Elementary 701
Banning Unified 701
Ready Springs Union Elementary 701
Golden Feather Union Elementary 700
Mountain Empire Unified 700
API scores in 2010
in districts with similar attendance
Centralia Elementary (4,421.10) 830
Mountain View-Whisman Elementary (4,524.40) 826
Kerman Unified (4,247.90) 789
Oakley Union Elementary (4,466.60) 779
Atwater Elementary (4,255.30) 774
Banning Unified (4,288.80) 701
North Monterey County Unified (4,248.20) 695
API scores in 2010 in adjacent districts
Redlands Unified 800
Beaumont Unified 786
Yucaipa-Calimesa Joint Unified 783
Morongo Unified 759
Hemet Unified 753
Palm Springs Unified 733
San Jacinto Unified 715
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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