California school district spending and test scores

San Bernardino City 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 San Bernardino City Unified compare to other California districts?

Spending per student

$10,175   Median: $8,234

API score in 2010

699   Median: 783

$10,175 spent per student ($489.9 million total expenditures)

Districts with similar spending per student
Blue Lake Union Elementary $10,212
Raisin City Elementary $10,183
Allensworth Elementary $10,179
San Bernardino City Unified $10,175
Central Union Elementary $10,172
El Nido Elementary $10,156
Siskiyou Union High $10,153
Spending per student
in districts with similar attendance
San Bernardino City Unified (48,151.20) $10,175
San Francisco Unified (48,736.50) $9,715
Sacramento City Unified (41,653.20) $8,972
Garden Grove Unified (46,503.20) $8,193
Riverside Unified (40,155.80) $8,055
Corona-Norco Unified (50,531.90) $7,303
Capistrano Unified (49,129.20) $7,246
Spending per student in adjacent districts
San Bernardino City Unified $10,175
Rialto Unified $8,231
Colton Joint Unified $7,936
Rim of The World Unified $7,875
Redlands Unified $7,536
Hesperia Unified $7,441
Snowline Joint Unified $6,916

699 API score in 2010

Districts with similar API scores in 2010
Golden Feather Union Elementary 700
West Fresno Elementary 700
Eastside Union Elementary 699
San Bernardino City Unified 699
Farmersville Unified 698
Kneeland Elementary 698
Coalinga-Huron Joint Unified 697
API scores in 2010
in districts with similar attendance
Capistrano Unified (49,129.20) 862
Garden Grove Unified (46,503.20) 802
Corona-Norco Unified (50,531.90) 801
San Francisco Unified (48,736.50) 791
Riverside Unified (40,155.80) 781
Sacramento City Unified (41,653.20) 753
San Bernardino City Unified (48,151.20) 699
API scores in 2010 in adjacent districts
Redlands Unified 800
Snowline Joint Unified 797
Rim of The World Unified 767
Hesperia Unified 744
Rialto Unified 732
Colton Joint Unified 710
San Bernardino City Unified 699
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