California school district spending and test scores

San Juan 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 Juan Unified compare to other California districts?

Spending per student

$8,638   Median: $8,234

API score in 2010

788   Median: 783

$8,638 spent per student ($337.8 million total expenditures)

Districts with similar spending per student
Calexico Unified $8,668
San Benito High $8,656
San Lorenzo Valley Unified $8,643
San Juan Unified $8,638
El Monte Union High $8,633
Alameda City Unified $8,630
Terra Bella Union Elementary $8,624
Spending per student
in districts with similar attendance
Oakland Unified (35,825.90) $10,958
Sacramento City Unified (41,653.20) $8,972
San Juan Unified (39,106.50) $8,638
Sweetwater Union High (39,163.90) $8,612
Riverside Unified (40,155.80) $8,055
Fontana Unified (38,913.60) $7,781
Clovis Unified (36,082.00) $7,638
Spending per student in adjacent districts
Twin Rivers Unified $9,062
Sacramento City Unified $8,972
San Juan Unified $8,638
Robla Elementary $8,163
Eureka Union Elementary $7,882
Folsom-Cordova Unified $7,515
Roseville Joint Union High $7,330
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788 API score in 2010

Districts with similar API scores in 2010
Sierra Sands Unified 788
Lincoln Unified 788
Alta-Dutch Flat Union Elementary 788
San Juan Unified 788
Surprise Valley Joint Unified 788
Stanislaus Union Elementary 788
Charter Oak Unified 788
API scores in 2010
in districts with similar attendance
Clovis Unified (36,082.00) 866
San Juan Unified (39,106.50) 788
Riverside Unified (40,155.80) 781
Sweetwater Union High (39,163.90) 758
Sacramento City Unified (41,653.20) 753
Fontana Unified (38,913.60) 731
Oakland Unified (35,825.90) 719
API scores in 2010 in adjacent districts
Eureka Union Elementary 897
Roseville City Elementary 866
Dry Creek Joint Elementary 861
Folsom-Cordova Unified 818
Roseville Joint Union High 811
San Juan Unified 788
Sacramento City Unified 753
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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