California school district spending and test scores

Alta Loma Elementary 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 Alta Loma Elementary compare to other California districts?

Spending per student

$7,012   Median: $8,234

API score in 2010

858   Median: 783

$7,012 spent per student ($43.8 million total expenditures)

Districts with similar spending per student
Sylvan Union Elementary $7,054
Atwater Elementary $7,049
Island Union Elementary $7,016
Alta Loma Elementary $7,012
Exeter Union Elementary $7,005
Manzanita Elementary $7,004
Rio Bravo-Greeley Union Elementary $6,995
Spending per student
in districts with similar attendance
Santa Cruz City Elementary/High (6,386.46) $9,089
Western Placer Unified (6,141.30) $7,914
Whittier City Elementary (6,329.40) $7,625
Manhattan Beach Unified (6,363.30) $7,467
Santee Elementary (6,209.30) $7,281
Pleasant Valley School (6,231.10) $7,167
Alta Loma Elementary (6,244.80) $7,012
Spending per student in adjacent districts
Mt. Baldy Joint Elementary $9,351
Rialto Unified $8,231
Upland Unified $7,224
Alta Loma Elementary $7,012
Etiwanda Elementary $6,560
Central Elementary $6,388

858 API score in 2010

Districts with similar API scores in 2010
Nevada City Elementary 858
Alpine Union Elementary 858
Richfield Elementary 858
Alta Loma Elementary 858
Fieldbrook Elementary 858
Capay Joint Union Elementary 857
Pleasant Ridge Union Elementary 857
API scores in 2010
in districts with similar attendance
Manhattan Beach Unified (6,363.30) 926
Pleasant Valley School (6,231.10) 863
Santee Elementary (6,209.30) 860
Alta Loma Elementary (6,244.80) 858
Western Placer Unified (6,141.30) 816
Whittier City Elementary (6,329.40) 755
Santa Cruz City Elementary/High (6,386.46) N/A
API scores in 2010 in adjacent districts
Etiwanda Elementary 872
Mt. Baldy Joint Elementary 871
Alta Loma Elementary 858
Central Elementary 821
Upland Unified 807
Rialto Unified 732
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