California school district spending and test scores

Temecula Valley 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 Temecula Valley Unified compare to other California districts?

Spending per student

$7,388   Median: $8,234

API score in 2010

856   Median: 783

$7,388 spent per student ($204.8 million total expenditures)

Districts with similar spending per student
Cypress Elementary $7,395
Hydesville Elementary $7,393
Auburn Union Elementary $7,392
Temecula Valley Unified $7,388
Moorpark Unified $7,380
Mother Lode Union Elementary $7,379
Oakdale Joint Unified $7,367
Spending per student
in districts with similar attendance
Pomona Unified (27,359.80) $9,057
West Contra Costa Unified (27,474.00) $8,899
Modesto City Schools (28,221.70) $8,219
Lodi Unified (27,739.10) $8,163
San Ramon Valley Unified (27,147.70) $7,824
Temecula Valley Unified (27,721.50) $7,388
Orange Unified (28,004.30) $7,208
Spending per student in adjacent districts
Fallbrook Union High $10,068
Valley Center-Pauma Unified $8,850
Vallecitos Elementary $8,744
Perris Union High $8,601
Hemet Unified $8,199
Temecula Valley Unified $7,388
Murrieta Valley Unified $7,367
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856 API score in 2010

Districts with similar API scores in 2010
Capay Joint Union Elementary 857
Ocean View Elementary 857
Fruitvale Elementary 857
Temecula Valley Unified 856
Bitterwater-Tully Union Elementary 855
Spreckels Union Elementary 855
Fullerton Elementary 855
API scores in 2010
in districts with similar attendance
San Ramon Valley Unified (27,147.70) 916
Temecula Valley Unified (27,721.50) 856
Orange Unified (28,004.30) 806
Lodi Unified (27,739.10) 737
Pomona Unified (27,359.80) 721
West Contra Costa Unified (27,474.00) 696
Modesto City Schools (28,221.70) N/A
API scores in 2010 in adjacent districts
Temecula Valley Unified 856
Murrieta Valley Unified 837
Menifee Union Elementary 828
Valley Center-Pauma Unified 800
Vallecitos Elementary 795
Hemet Unified 753
Fallbrook Union High 747
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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