California school district spending and test scores

Cajon Valley Union Elementary 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 Cajon Valley Union Elementary compare to other California districts?

Spending per student

$7,888   Median: $8,234

API score in 2010

785   Median: 783

$7,888 spent per student ($119.2 million total expenditures)

Districts with similar spending per student
Somis Union Elementary $7,899
Palo Verde Unified $7,896
North Monterey County Unified $7,891
Cajon Valley Union Elementary $7,888
Eureka Union Elementary $7,882
Columbia Union Elementary $7,881
Hueneme Elementary $7,877
Spending per student
in districts with similar attendance
Paramount Unified (15,002.20) $8,321
Huntington Beach Union High (15,399.80) $8,284
Baldwin Park Unified (15,254.10) $8,155
Rowland Unified (15,389.50) $8,088
Oxnard Union High (14,865.30) $8,084
Oxnard Elementary (15,006.60) $8,058
Cajon Valley Union Elementary (15,114.90) $7,888
Spending per student in adjacent districts
Dehesa Elementary $13,394
Sweetwater Union High $8,612
Lakeside Union Elementary $8,478
Chula Vista Elementary $8,249
Alpine Union Elementary $8,168
La Mesa-Spring Valley $8,069
Cajon Valley Union Elementary $7,888
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785 API score in 2010

Districts with similar API scores in 2010
Hawthorne Elementary 785
Vista Unified 785
Cabrillo Unified 785
Cajon Valley Union Elementary 785
San Diego Unified 785
Rio Bravo-Greeley Union Elementary 785
Coast Unified 785
API scores in 2010
in districts with similar attendance
Huntington Beach Union High (15,399.80) 827
Rowland Unified (15,389.50) 792
Cajon Valley Union Elementary (15,114.90) 785
Baldwin Park Unified (15,254.10) 735
Paramount Unified (15,002.20) 733
Oxnard Union High (14,865.30) 720
Oxnard Elementary (15,006.60) 715
API scores in 2010 in adjacent districts
Santee Elementary 860
Alpine Union Elementary 858
Chula Vista Elementary 848
Lakeside Union Elementary 811
La Mesa-Spring Valley 801
Jamul-Dulzura Union Elementary 801
Cajon Valley Union Elementary 785
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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