California school district spending and test scores

Colton Joint 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 Colton Joint Unified compare to other California districts?

Spending per student

$7,936   Median: $8,234

API score in 2010

710   Median: 783

$7,936 spent per student ($175.7 million total expenditures)

Districts with similar spending per student
Central Union High $7,955
Dublin Unified $7,945
Escondido Union Elementary $7,938
Colton Joint Unified $7,936
Southern Kern Unified $7,935
Acton-Agua Dulce Unified $7,931
Beardsley Elementary $7,929
Spending per student
in districts with similar attendance
East Side Union High (23,456.70) $8,671
Ontario-Montclair Elementary (22,090.50) $8,340
Chula Vista Elementary (22,356.60) $8,249
Palm Springs Unified (22,294.30) $8,164
Colton Joint Unified (22,137.90) $7,936
William S. Hart Union High (21,980.20) $7,507
Manteca Unified (21,991.50) $6,622
Spending per student in adjacent districts
San Bernardino City Unified $10,175
Rialto Unified $8,231
Riverside Unified $8,055
Colton Joint Unified $7,936
Fontana Unified $7,781
Moreno Valley Unified $7,688
Jurupa Unified $7,601
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710 API score in 2010

Districts with similar API scores in 2010
Colusa Unified 710
Denair Unified 710
Montebello Unified 710
Colton Joint Unified 710
Westside Elementary 710
Southern Kern Unified 709
Los Angeles Unified 709
API scores in 2010
in districts with similar attendance
Chula Vista Elementary (22,356.60) 848
William S. Hart Union High (21,980.20) 824
Manteca Unified (21,991.50) 750
Ontario-Montclair Elementary (22,090.50) 740
East Side Union High (23,456.70) 736
Palm Springs Unified (22,294.30) 733
Colton Joint Unified (22,137.90) 710
API scores in 2010 in adjacent districts
Redlands Unified 800
Beaumont Unified 786
Riverside Unified 781
Jurupa Unified 743
Rialto Unified 732
Fontana Unified 731
Moreno Valley Unified 716
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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