California school district spending and test scores

Chino 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 Chino Valley Unified compare to other California districts?

Spending per student

$7,533   Median: $8,234

API score in 2010

812   Median: 783

$7,533 spent per student ($231.2 million total expenditures)

Districts with similar spending per student
Arcadia Unified $7,542
Redlands Unified $7,536
Merced City Elementary $7,533
Chino Valley Unified $7,533
Linden Unified $7,530
Hermosa Beach City Elementary $7,527
Liberty Union High $7,519
Spending per student
in districts with similar attendance
San Jose Unified (30,495.30) $9,224
Montebello Unified (31,027.00) $8,292
Modesto City Schools (28,221.70) $8,219
Chino Valley Unified (30,688.00) $7,533
Saddleback Valley Unified (31,087.90) $7,472
Fremont Unified (31,014.40) $7,449
Orange Unified (28,004.30) $7,208
Spending per student in adjacent districts
Pomona Unified $9,057
Ontario-Montclair Elementary $8,340
Placentia-Yorba Linda Unified $7,826
Chino Valley Unified $7,533
Chaffey Joint Union High $7,465
Corona-Norco Unified $7,303
Brea-Olinda Unified $7,271
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812 API score in 2010

Districts with similar API scores in 2010
Marcum-Illinois Union Elementary 812
Douglas City Elementary 812
Springville Union Elementary 812
Chino Valley Unified 812
Roseville Joint Union High 811
Plumas Unified 811
Lakeside Union Elementary 811
API scores in 2010
in districts with similar attendance
Fremont Unified (31,014.40) 868
Saddleback Valley Unified (31,087.90) 859
Chino Valley Unified (30,688.00) 812
Orange Unified (28,004.30) 806
San Jose Unified (30,495.30) 792
Montebello Unified (31,027.00) 710
Modesto City Schools (28,221.70) N/A
API scores in 2010 in adjacent districts
Walnut Valley Unified 898
Brea-Olinda Unified 864
Placentia-Yorba Linda Unified 847
Mountain View Elementary 814
Chino Valley Unified 812
Corona-Norco Unified 801
Chaffey Joint Union High 747
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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