California school district spending and test scores

San Jacinto 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 San Jacinto Unified compare to other California districts?

Spending per student

$7,680   Median: $8,234

API score in 2010

715   Median: 783

$7,680 spent per student ($64.7 million total expenditures)

Districts with similar spending per student
Moreno Valley Unified $7,688
Conejo Valley Unified $7,687
South San Francisco Unified $7,680
San Jacinto Unified $7,680
Foresthill Union Elementary $7,670
Springville Union Elementary $7,669
Kingsburg Joint Union High $7,665
Spending per student
in districts with similar attendance
East Whittier City Elementary (8,526.50) $9,584
San Leandro Unified (8,352.70) $7,709
San Jacinto Unified (8,428.20) $7,680
Los Banos Unified (8,429.50) $7,360
Menifee Union Elementary (8,480.30) $6,919
Lincoln Unified (8,299.20) $6,895
Westside Union Elementary (8,338.40) $6,464
Spending per student in adjacent districts
Banning Unified $9,515
Perris Union High $8,601
Hemet Unified $8,199
Moreno Valley Unified $7,688
San Jacinto Unified $7,680
Nuview Union Elementary $7,488
Beaumont Unified $6,764

715 API score in 2010

Districts with similar API scores in 2010
Armona Union Elementary 715
Oxnard Elementary 715
Riverbank Unified 715
San Jacinto Unified 715
Terra Bella Union Elementary 715
Taft Union High 715
Seeley Union Elementary 714
API scores in 2010
in districts with similar attendance
Westside Union Elementary (8,338.40) 829
Menifee Union Elementary (8,480.30) 828
East Whittier City Elementary (8,526.50) 824
Lincoln Unified (8,299.20) 788
Los Banos Unified (8,429.50) 741
San Leandro Unified (8,352.70) 730
San Jacinto Unified (8,428.20) 715
API scores in 2010 in adjacent districts
Beaumont Unified 786
Nuview Union Elementary 771
Hemet Unified 753
Perris Union High 727
Moreno Valley Unified 716
San Jacinto Unified 715
Banning Unified 701
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