California school district spending and test scores

Rialto 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 Rialto Unified compare to other California districts?

Spending per student

$8,231   Median: $8,234

API score in 2010

732   Median: 783

$8,231 spent per student ($209.5 million total expenditures)

Districts with similar spending per student
San Bruno Park Elementary $8,248
Coalinga-Huron Joint Unified $8,245
Delhi Unified $8,234
Rialto Unified $8,231
Tipton Elementary $8,229
Santa Maria Joint Union High $8,229
Lakeside Union Elementary $8,228
Spending per student
in districts with similar attendance
Compton Unified (24,069.20) $10,586
Twin Rivers Unified (25,510.10) $9,062
Glendale Unified (25,476.70) $8,325
Rialto Unified (25,458.30) $8,231
Placentia-Yorba Linda Unified (24,855.40) $7,826
Chaffey Joint Union High (23,706.50) $7,465
Visalia Unified (25,512.50) $7,428
Spending per student in adjacent districts
San Bernardino City Unified $10,175
Mt. Baldy Joint Elementary $9,351
Rialto Unified $8,231
Colton Joint Unified $7,936
Fontana Unified $7,781
Chaffey Joint Union High $7,465
Alta Loma Elementary $7,012
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732 API score in 2010

Districts with similar API scores in 2010
Antioch Unified 732
Mountain View Elementary 732
Gustine Unified 732
Rialto Unified 732
Fontana Unified 731
Willows Unified 731
Vallejo City Unified 731
API scores in 2010
in districts with similar attendance
Placentia-Yorba Linda Unified (24,855.40) 847
Glendale Unified (25,476.70) 842
Visalia Unified (25,512.50) 759
Chaffey Joint Union High (23,706.50) 747
Rialto Unified (25,458.30) 732
Twin Rivers Unified (25,510.10) 725
Compton Unified (24,069.20) 679
API scores in 2010 in adjacent districts
Etiwanda Elementary 872
Mt. Baldy Joint Elementary 871
Alta Loma Elementary 858
Snowline Joint Unified 797
Chaffey Joint Union High 747
Rialto Unified 732
Fontana Unified 731
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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