California school district spending and test scores

Fontana 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 Fontana Unified compare to other California districts?

Spending per student

$7,781   Median: $8,234

API score in 2010

731   Median: 783

$7,781 spent per student ($302.8 million total expenditures)

Districts with similar spending per student
Little Lake City Elementary $7,793
Hughson Unified $7,791
Gridley Unified $7,782
Fontana Unified $7,781
Escalon Unified $7,779
San Mateo-Foster City Elementary $7,778
Alvord Unified $7,775
Spending per student
in districts with similar attendance
Oakland Unified (35,825.90) $10,958
Stockton Unified (34,144.00) $9,240
San Juan Unified (39,106.50) $8,638
Sweetwater Union High (39,163.90) $8,612
Riverside Unified (40,155.80) $8,055
Fontana Unified (38,913.60) $7,781
Clovis Unified (36,082.00) $7,638
Spending per student in adjacent districts
Rialto Unified $8,231
Colton Joint Unified $7,936
Fontana Unified $7,781
Jurupa Unified $7,601
Chaffey Joint Union High $7,465
Cucamonga Elementary $7,291
Etiwanda Elementary $6,560

731 API score in 2010

Districts with similar API scores in 2010
El Tejon Unified 731
Vallejo City Unified 731
Willows Unified 731
Fontana Unified 731
Traver Joint Elementary 731
San Leandro Unified 730
Patterson Joint Unified 730
API scores in 2010
in districts with similar attendance
Clovis Unified (36,082.00) 866
San Juan Unified (39,106.50) 788
Riverside Unified (40,155.80) 781
Sweetwater Union High (39,163.90) 758
Fontana Unified (38,913.60) 731
Oakland Unified (35,825.90) 719
Stockton Unified (34,144.00) 671
API scores in 2010 in adjacent districts
Etiwanda Elementary 872
Cucamonga Elementary 774
Chaffey Joint Union High 747
Jurupa Unified 743
Rialto Unified 732
Fontana Unified 731
Colton Joint Unified 710
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