California school district spending and test scores

Snowline Joint 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 Snowline Joint Unified compare to other California districts?

Spending per student

$6,916   Median: $8,234

API score in 2010

797   Median: 783

$6,916 spent per student ($56.2 million total expenditures)

Districts with similar spending per student
Cutten Elementary $6,923
Menifee Union Elementary $6,919
Brentwood Union Elementary $6,918
Snowline Joint Unified $6,916
General Shafter Elementary $6,912
Oakley Union Elementary $6,909
Bennett Valley Union Elementary $6,908
Spending per student
in districts with similar attendance
Mountain View Elementary (7,995.50) $9,232
Hawthorne Elementary (8,117.30) $7,806
Greenfield Union Elementary (8,049.80) $7,559
Berryessa Union Elementary (8,139.90) $7,264
Snowline Joint Unified (8,129.90) $6,916
Lincoln Unified (8,299.20) $6,895
Westside Union Elementary (8,338.40) $6,464
Spending per student in adjacent districts
San Bernardino City Unified $10,175
Mt. Baldy Joint Elementary $9,351
Victor Valley Union High $8,801
Antelope Valley Union High $8,604
Azusa Unified $8,248
Rialto Unified $8,231
La Canada Unified $8,197
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797 API score in 2010

Districts with similar API scores in 2010
Placer Union High 797
Mariposa County Unified 797
Black Oak Mine Unified 797
Snowline Joint Unified 797
Midway Elementary 797
Lewiston Elementary 797
Summerville Union High 797
API scores in 2010
in districts with similar attendance
Westside Union Elementary (8,338.40) 829
Berryessa Union Elementary (8,139.90) 824
Snowline Joint Unified (8,129.90) 797
Lincoln Unified (8,299.20) 788
Hawthorne Elementary (8,117.30) 785
Greenfield Union Elementary (8,049.80) 758
Mountain View Elementary (7,995.50) 732
API scores in 2010 in adjacent districts
La Canada Unified 933
Mt. Baldy Joint Elementary 871
Claremont Unified 819
Snowline Joint Unified 797
Chaffey Joint Union High 747
Hesperia Unified 744
Adelanto Elementary 743
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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