California school district spending and test scores

Center Joint 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 Center Joint Unified compare to other California districts?

Spending per student

$8,045   Median: $8,234

API score in 2010

786   Median: 783

$8,045 spent per student ($37.7 million total expenditures)

Districts with similar spending per student
Morongo Unified $8,047
Taft City Elementary $8,047
San Gabriel Unified $8,046
Center Joint Unified $8,045
Luther Burbank Elementary $8,044
Middletown Unified $8,043
Wright Elementary $8,040
Spending per student
in districts with similar attendance
Tulare Joint Union High (4,635.70) $9,473
Jefferson Union High (4,716.90) $8,550
San Ysidro Elementary (4,701.90) $8,475
Center Joint Unified (4,683.10) $8,045
Little Lake City Elementary (4,723.20) $7,793
Atascadero Unified (4,596.50) $7,135
Central Elementary (4,681.10) $6,388
Spending per student in adjacent districts
Twin Rivers Unified $9,062
Center Joint Unified $8,045
Elverta Joint Elementary $7,652
Roseville Joint Union High $7,330
Roseville City Elementary $6,697
Dry Creek Joint Elementary $6,506

786 API score in 2010

Districts with similar API scores in 2010
Bishop Union Elementary 786
Beaumont Unified 786
Paso Robles Joint Unified 786
Center Joint Unified 786
Red Bluff Union Elementary 786
Cajon Valley Union Elementary 785
San Diego Unified 785
API scores in 2010
in districts with similar attendance
Central Elementary (4,681.10) 821
Little Lake City Elementary (4,723.20) 807
Atascadero Unified (4,596.50) 804
Center Joint Unified (4,683.10) 786
San Ysidro Elementary (4,701.90) 782
Jefferson Union High (4,716.90) 750
Tulare Joint Union High (4,635.70) 718
API scores in 2010 in adjacent districts
Roseville City Elementary 866
Dry Creek Joint Elementary 861
Elverta Joint Elementary 825
Roseville Joint Union High 811
Center Joint Unified 786
Twin Rivers Unified 725
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