California school district spending and test scores

Rim of The World 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 Rim of The World Unified compare to other California districts?

Spending per student

$7,875   Median: $8,234

API score in 2010

767   Median: 783

$7,875 spent per student ($33.4 million total expenditures)

Districts with similar spending per student
Eureka Union Elementary $7,882
Columbia Union Elementary $7,881
Hueneme Elementary $7,877
Rim of The World Unified $7,875
Ocean View Elementary $7,874
Sunnyside Union Elementary $7,872
Gilroy Unified $7,869
Spending per student
in districts with similar attendance
Delano Joint Union High (4,222.10) $9,667
Placer Union High (4,224.00) $7,903
North Monterey County Unified (4,248.20) $7,891
Rim of The World Unified (4,247.20) $7,875
Rio Elementary (4,238.70) $7,583
Kerman Unified (4,247.90) $7,329
Atwater Elementary (4,255.30) $7,049
Spending per student in adjacent districts
San Bernardino City Unified $10,175
Lucerne Valley Unified $8,892
Bear Valley Unified $8,106
Rim of The World Unified $7,875
Apple Valley Unified $7,569
Redlands Unified $7,536
Hesperia Unified $7,441

767 API score in 2010

Districts with similar API scores in 2010
Blue Lake Union Elementary 768
Fort Ross Elementary 767
Escalon Unified 767
Rim of The World Unified 767
Healdsburg Unified 766
Eureka City Unified 766
San Rafael City High 765
API scores in 2010
in districts with similar attendance
Placer Union High (4,224.00) 797
Kerman Unified (4,247.90) 789
Atwater Elementary (4,255.30) 774
Rim of The World Unified (4,247.20) 767
Delano Joint Union High (4,222.10) 748
Rio Elementary (4,238.70) 716
North Monterey County Unified (4,248.20) 695
API scores in 2010 in adjacent districts
Redlands Unified 800
Bear Valley Unified 791
Apple Valley Unified 770
Rim of The World Unified 767
Hesperia Unified 744
San Bernardino City Unified 699
Lucerne Valley Unified 687
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