California school district spending and test scores

Twin Rivers 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 Twin Rivers Unified compare to other California districts?

Spending per student

$9,062   Median: $8,234

API score in 2010

725   Median: 783

$9,062 spent per student ($231.2 million total expenditures)

Districts with similar spending per student
Earlimart Elementary $9,099
Santa Cruz City Elementary/High $9,089
Mission Union Elementary $9,068
Twin Rivers Unified $9,062
Pomona Unified $9,057
Belmont-Redwood Shores Elementary $9,056
South Bay Union Elementary $9,054
Spending per student
in districts with similar attendance
Twin Rivers Unified (25,510.10) $9,062
Bakersfield City Elementary (25,573.10) $8,755
Glendale Unified (25,476.70) $8,325
Rialto Unified (25,458.30) $8,231
Desert Sands Unified (25,664.40) $8,203
Placentia-Yorba Linda Unified (24,855.40) $7,826
Visalia Unified (25,512.50) $7,428
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
Center Joint Unified $8,045
Washington Unified $7,975
Elverta Joint Elementary $7,652
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725 API score in 2010

Districts with similar API scores in 2010
Laton Joint Unified 725
Corcoran Joint Unified 725
Ocean View Elementary 725
Twin Rivers Unified 725
Ravendale-Termo Elementary 725
Kelseyville Unified 725
Monson-Sultana Joint Union Elementary 725
API scores in 2010
in districts with similar attendance
Placentia-Yorba Linda Unified (24,855.40) 847
Glendale Unified (25,476.70) 842
Desert Sands Unified (25,664.40) 787
Visalia Unified (25,512.50) 759
Rialto Unified (25,458.30) 732
Twin Rivers Unified (25,510.10) 725
Bakersfield City Elementary (25,573.10) 706
API scores in 2010 in adjacent districts
Dry Creek Joint Elementary 861
Elverta Joint Elementary 825
Roseville Joint Union High 811
San Juan Unified 788
Center Joint Unified 786
Sacramento City Unified 753
Robla Elementary 751
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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