California school district spending and test scores

Perris 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 Perris Elementary compare to other California districts?

Spending per student

$7,653   Median: $8,234

API score in 2010

757   Median: 783

$7,653 spent per student ($41.6 million total expenditures)

Districts with similar spending per student
Kingsburg Joint Union High $7,665
Saugus Union Elementary $7,663
Burbank Unified $7,659
Perris Elementary $7,653
Elverta Joint Elementary $7,652
Camino Union Elementary $7,648
South Pasadena Unified $7,647
Spending per student
in districts with similar attendance
Acalanes Union High (5,399.70) $9,327
Garvey Elementary (5,560.40) $8,828
National Elementary (5,566.00) $8,128
Fallbrook Union Elementary (5,445.60) $8,084
La Habra City Elementary (5,353.70) $7,805
Perris Elementary (5,439.80) $7,653
Temple City Unified (5,431.60) $7,440
Spending per student in adjacent districts
Perris Elementary $7,653
Lake Elsinore Unified $7,574
Nuview Union Elementary $7,488
Corona-Norco Unified $7,303
Menifee Union Elementary $6,919
Romoland Elementary $6,820
Val Verde Unified $6,740

757 API score in 2010

Districts with similar API scores in 2010
Greenfield Union Elementary 758
Acton-Agua Dulce Unified 758
Merced City Elementary 758
Perris Elementary 757
Corning Union Elementary 756
Tracy Joint Unified 756
South Bay Union Elementary 756
API scores in 2010
in districts with similar attendance
Acalanes Union High (5,399.70) 899
Temple City Unified (5,431.60) 885
Garvey Elementary (5,560.40) 804
Fallbrook Union Elementary (5,445.60) 799
National Elementary (5,566.00) 789
La Habra City Elementary (5,353.70) 760
Perris Elementary (5,439.80) 757
API scores in 2010 in adjacent districts
Menifee Union Elementary 828
Lake Elsinore Unified 814
Corona-Norco Unified 801
Val Verde Unified 780
Romoland Elementary 775
Nuview Union Elementary 771
Perris Elementary 757
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