California school district spending and test scores

Upland 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 Upland Unified compare to other California districts?

Spending per student

$7,224   Median: $8,234

API score in 2010

807   Median: 783

$7,224 spent per student ($83.0 million total expenditures)

Districts with similar spending per student
Capistrano Unified $7,246
Tehachapi Unified $7,233
Soulsbyville Elementary $7,230
Upland Unified $7,224
Poway Unified $7,216
Orange Unified $7,208
Outside Creek Elementary $7,201
Spending per student
in districts with similar attendance
Palo Alto Unified (11,252.30) $13,376
Chico Unified (11,633.00) $8,101
Palos Verdes Peninsula Unified (11,528.30) $7,812
Las Virgenes Unified (11,207.30) $7,742
Upland Unified (11,487.40) $7,224
Yuba City Unified (11,989.30) $7,180
Vacaville Unified (11,390.90) $6,876
Spending per student in adjacent districts
Mt. Baldy Joint Elementary $9,351
Ontario-Montclair Elementary $8,340
Claremont Unified $7,581
Chaffey Joint Union High $7,465
Cucamonga Elementary $7,291
Upland Unified $7,224
Alta Loma Elementary $7,012
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807 API score in 2010

Districts with similar API scores in 2010
Shasta Union High 808
San Antonio Union Elementary 807
Little Lake City Elementary 807
Upland Unified 807
Kings River-Hardwick Union Elementary 806
Oak Grove Elementary 806
Orange Unified 806
API scores in 2010
in districts with similar attendance
Palo Alto Unified (11,252.30) 925
Palos Verdes Peninsula Unified (11,528.30) 912
Las Virgenes Unified (11,207.30) 882
Upland Unified (11,487.40) 807
Chico Unified (11,633.00) 789
Yuba City Unified (11,989.30) 783
Vacaville Unified (11,390.90) 769
API scores in 2010 in adjacent districts
Mt. Baldy Joint Elementary 871
Alta Loma Elementary 858
Central Elementary 821
Claremont Unified 819
Upland Unified 807
Cucamonga Elementary 774
Chaffey Joint Union High 747
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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