California school district spending and test scores

Bear 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 Bear Valley Unified compare to other California districts?

Spending per student

$8,106   Median: $8,234

API score in 2010

791   Median: 783

$8,106 spent per student ($21.8 million total expenditures)

Districts with similar spending per student
Firebaugh-Las Deltas Joint Unified $8,108
Pleasant Valley Elementary $8,107
Helendale Elementary $8,106
Bear Valley Unified $8,106
Chico Unified $8,101
Ramona City Unified $8,099
San Lorenzo Unified $8,096
Spending per student
in districts with similar attendance
Ravenswood City Elementary (2,678.20) $12,987
Solana Beach Elementary (2,748.00) $11,112
Fallbrook Union High (2,694.00) $10,068
San Carlos Elementary (2,705.20) $8,225
Keppel Union Elementary (2,682.80) $8,183
Bear Valley Unified (2,687.80) $8,106
Standard Elementary (2,668.80) $7,283
Spending per student in adjacent districts
Lucerne Valley Unified $8,892
Bear Valley Unified $8,106
Morongo Unified $8,047
Rim of The World Unified $7,875
Redlands Unified $7,536

791 API score in 2010

Districts with similar API scores in 2010
Middletown Unified 791
Elk Grove Unified 791
Hacienda La Puente Unified 791
Bear Valley Unified 791
San Francisco Unified 791
Lincoln Elementary 791
Igo, Ono, Platina Union Elementary 790
API scores in 2010
in districts with similar attendance
Solana Beach Elementary (2,748.00) 936
San Carlos Elementary (2,705.20) 899
Bear Valley Unified (2,687.80) 791
Fallbrook Union High (2,694.00) 747
Standard Elementary (2,668.80) 745
Keppel Union Elementary (2,682.80) 717
Ravenswood City Elementary (2,678.20) 688
API scores in 2010 in adjacent districts
Redlands Unified 800
Bear Valley Unified 791
Rim of The World Unified 767
Morongo Unified 759
Lucerne Valley Unified 687
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