California school district spending and test scores

Corona-Norco 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 Corona-Norco Unified compare to other California districts?

Spending per student

$7,303   Median: $8,234

API score in 2010

801   Median: 783

$7,303 spent per student ($369.0 million total expenditures)

Districts with similar spending per student
Bonsall Union Elementary $7,317
Central Unified $7,312
Milpitas Unified $7,310
Corona-Norco Unified $7,303
Natomas Unified $7,302
Simi Valley Unified $7,300
Sundale Union Elementary $7,296
Spending per student
in districts with similar attendance
San Bernardino City Unified (48,151.20) $10,175
San Francisco Unified (48,736.50) $9,715
Fresno Unified (67,444.60) $9,199
Santa Ana Unified (51,936.20) $8,396
Elk Grove Unified (58,583.70) $8,057
Corona-Norco Unified (50,531.90) $7,303
Capistrano Unified (49,129.20) $7,246
Spending per student in adjacent districts
Perris Union High $8,601
Riverside Unified $8,055
Placentia-Yorba Linda Unified $7,826
Alvord Unified $7,775
Perris Elementary $7,653
Jurupa Unified $7,601
Lake Elsinore Unified $7,574
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801 API score in 2010

Districts with similar API scores in 2010
Jamul-Dulzura Union Elementary 801
Flournoy Union Elementary 801
La Mesa-Spring Valley 801
Corona-Norco Unified 801
Mupu Elementary 801
Brisbane Elementary 801
Nevada Joint Union High 801
API scores in 2010
in districts with similar attendance
Capistrano Unified (49,129.20) 862
Corona-Norco Unified (50,531.90) 801
Elk Grove Unified (58,583.70) 791
San Francisco Unified (48,736.50) 791
Santa Ana Unified (51,936.20) 723
Fresno Unified (67,444.60) 711
San Bernardino City Unified (48,151.20) 699
API scores in 2010 in adjacent districts
Placentia-Yorba Linda Unified 847
Mountain View Elementary 814
Lake Elsinore Unified 814
Chino Valley Unified 812
Orange Unified 806
Corona-Norco Unified 801
Riverside Unified 781
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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