California school district spending and test scores

Perris Union High 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 Union High compare to other California districts?

Spending per student

$8,601   Median: $8,234

API score in 2010

727   Median: 783

$8,601 spent per student ($76.7 million total expenditures)

Districts with similar spending per student
Galt Joint Union High $8,615
Sweetwater Union High $8,612
Antelope Valley Union High $8,604
Perris Union High $8,601
Paradise Unified $8,591
Round Valley Joint Elementary $8,580
Riverdale Joint Unified $8,578
Spending per student
in districts with similar attendance
Perris Union High (8,918.90) $8,601
Morongo Unified (8,772.40) $8,047
Pittsburg Unified (9,056.60) $7,995
West Covina Unified (8,725.10) $7,800
South San Francisco Unified (8,950.00) $7,680
Yucaipa-Calimesa Joint Unified (8,982.00) $7,592
Tulare City Elementary (8,776.20) $7,174
Spending per student in adjacent districts
Perris Union High $8,601
Hemet Unified $8,199
Moreno Valley Unified $7,688
San Jacinto Unified $7,680
Lake Elsinore Unified $7,574
Temecula Valley Unified $7,388
Murrieta Valley Unified $7,367
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727 API score in 2010

Districts with similar API scores in 2010
Keyes Union Elementary 728
River Delta Joint Unified 728
Sutter Union High 727
Perris Union High 727
Le Grand Union High 726
Palmdale Elementary 726
Williams Unified 726
API scores in 2010
in districts with similar attendance
South San Francisco Unified (8,950.00) 808
West Covina Unified (8,725.10) 798
Yucaipa-Calimesa Joint Unified (8,982.00) 783
Tulare City Elementary (8,776.20) 772
Morongo Unified (8,772.40) 759
Perris Union High (8,918.90) 727
Pittsburg Unified (9,056.60) 718
API scores in 2010 in adjacent districts
Temecula Valley Unified 856
Murrieta Valley Unified 837
Lake Elsinore Unified 814
Corona-Norco Unified 801
Val Verde Unified 780
Hemet Unified 753
Perris Union High 727
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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