California school district spending and test scores

Cucamonga 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 Cucamonga Elementary compare to other California districts?

Spending per student

$7,291   Median: $8,234

API score in 2010

774   Median: 783

$7,291 spent per student ($18.8 million total expenditures)

Districts with similar spending per student
Natomas Unified $7,302
Simi Valley Unified $7,300
Sundale Union Elementary $7,296
Cucamonga Elementary $7,291
Fullerton Elementary $7,290
Williams Unified $7,283
Standard Elementary $7,283
Spending per student
in districts with similar attendance
Mill Valley Elementary (2,612.70) $10,357
Gateway Unified (2,576.00) $8,617
Lamont Elementary (2,605.40) $8,324
Delhi Unified (2,550.80) $8,234
Newman-Crows Landing Unified (2,584.10) $7,429
Burlingame Elementary (2,558.00) $7,356
Cucamonga Elementary (2,578.30) $7,291
Spending per student in adjacent districts
Ontario-Montclair Elementary $8,340
Fontana Unified $7,781
Jurupa Unified $7,601
Cucamonga Elementary $7,291
Upland Unified $7,224
Mountain View Elementary $6,977
Etiwanda Elementary $6,560
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774 API score in 2010

Districts with similar API scores in 2010
Linden Unified 774
Hughson Unified 774
Atwater Elementary 774
Cucamonga Elementary 774
Burton Elementary 774
Lagunitas Elementary 774
Lakeside Union Elementary 773
API scores in 2010
in districts with similar attendance
Mill Valley Elementary (2,612.70) 932
Burlingame Elementary (2,558.00) 892
Gateway Unified (2,576.00) 782
Cucamonga Elementary (2,578.30) 774
Delhi Unified (2,550.80) 759
Newman-Crows Landing Unified (2,584.10) 735
Lamont Elementary (2,605.40) 706
API scores in 2010 in adjacent districts
Etiwanda Elementary 872
Central Elementary 821
Mountain View Elementary 814
Upland Unified 807
Cucamonga Elementary 774
Jurupa Unified 743
Ontario-Montclair Elementary 740
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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