California school district spending and test scores

Apple Valley 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 Apple Valley Unified compare to other California districts?

Spending per student

$7,569   Median: $8,234

API score in 2010

770   Median: 783

$7,569 spent per student ($98.0 million total expenditures)

Districts with similar spending per student
Curtis Creek Elementary $7,573
Charter Oak Unified $7,573
Downey Unified $7,572
Apple Valley Unified $7,569
Greenfield Union Elementary $7,559
Guadalupe Union Elementary $7,558
Soquel Union Elementary $7,556
Spending per student
in districts with similar attendance
Inglewood Unified (12,850.20) $8,931
Whittier Union High (12,719.00) $8,393
Turlock Unified (12,915.60) $7,860
Apple Valley Unified (12,946.60) $7,569
Evergreen Elementary (12,948.80) $7,418
Santa Maria-Bonita Elementary (13,221.50) $7,414
Fullerton Elementary (13,222.70) $7,290
Spending per student in adjacent districts
Oro Grande Elementary $33,673
Lucerne Valley Unified $8,892
Victor Valley Union High $8,801
Barstow Unified $8,096
Rim of The World Unified $7,875
Apple Valley Unified $7,569
Hesperia Unified $7,441
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770 API score in 2010

Districts with similar API scores in 2010
Fortuna Union Elementary 770
Chatom Union Elementary 770
Los Nietos Elementary 770
Apple Valley Unified 770
Hanford Elementary 770
Eastern Sierra Unified 770
Big Valley Joint Unified 770
API scores in 2010
in districts with similar attendance
Evergreen Elementary (12,948.80) 874
Fullerton Elementary (13,222.70) 855
Apple Valley Unified (12,946.60) 770
Whittier Union High (12,719.00) 765
Turlock Unified (12,915.60) 760
Santa Maria-Bonita Elementary (13,221.50) 717
Inglewood Unified (12,850.20) 711
API scores in 2010 in adjacent districts
Oro Grande Elementary 829
Victor Elementary 809
Apple Valley Unified 770
Rim of The World Unified 767
Hesperia Unified 744
Barstow Unified 734
Victor Valley Union High 696
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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