California school district spending and test scores

Val Verde 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 Val Verde Unified compare to other California districts?

Spending per student

$6,740   Median: $8,234

API score in 2010

780   Median: 783

$6,740 spent per student ($124.9 million total expenditures)

Districts with similar spending per student
Beaumont Unified $6,764
Mupu Elementary $6,760
Mark Twain Union Elementary $6,749
Val Verde Unified $6,740
Victor Elementary $6,739
Columbine Elementary $6,712
North County Joint Union Elementary $6,711
Spending per student
in districts with similar attendance
Pasadena Unified (18,130.90) $10,104
Grossmont Union High (18,708.50) $9,325
Anaheim City Elementary (18,616.90) $8,399
Alhambra Unified (17,940.50) $8,047
Alvord Unified (18,845.90) $7,775
Folsom-Cordova Unified (18,199.20) $7,515
Val Verde Unified (18,537.30) $6,740
Spending per student in adjacent districts
Perris Union High $8,601
Riverside Unified $8,055
Moreno Valley Unified $7,688
Perris Elementary $7,653
Nuview Union Elementary $7,488
Corona-Norco Unified $7,303
Val Verde Unified $6,740

780 API score in 2010

Districts with similar API scores in 2010
Sequoia Union High 780
Grass Valley Elementary 780
Fall River Joint Unified 780
Val Verde Unified 780
Oakley Union Elementary 779
Jefferson Elementary 779
Roseland Elementary 779
API scores in 2010
in districts with similar attendance
Folsom-Cordova Unified (18,199.20) 818
Alhambra Unified (17,940.50) 814
Val Verde Unified (18,537.30) 780
Pasadena Unified (18,130.90) 758
Anaheim City Elementary (18,616.90) 755
Alvord Unified (18,845.90) 752
Grossmont Union High (18,708.50) 736
API scores in 2010 in adjacent districts
Corona-Norco Unified 801
Riverside Unified 781
Val Verde Unified 780
Nuview Union Elementary 771
Perris Elementary 757
Perris Union High 727
Moreno Valley Unified 716
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