California school district spending and test scores

Fallbrook 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 Fallbrook Union Elementary compare to other California districts?

Spending per student

$8,084   Median: $8,234

API score in 2010

799   Median: 783

$8,084 spent per student ($44.0 million total expenditures)

Districts with similar spending per student
Gonzales Unified $8,087
Delano Union Elementary $8,086
Oxnard Union High $8,084
Fallbrook Union Elementary $8,084
Ojai Unified $8,082
Esparto Unified $8,082
Napa Valley Unified $8,076
Spending per student
in districts with similar attendance
Acalanes Union High (5,399.70) $9,327
Garvey Elementary (5,560.40) $8,828
National Elementary (5,566.00) $8,128
Fallbrook Union Elementary (5,445.60) $8,084
Sulphur Springs Union Elementary (5,575.50) $8,037
Perris Elementary (5,439.80) $7,653
Temple City Unified (5,431.60) $7,440
Spending per student in adjacent districts
Vallecitos Elementary $8,744
Oceanside Unified $8,492
Fallbrook Union Elementary $8,084
Murrieta Valley Unified $7,367
Bonsall Union Elementary $7,317
Capistrano Unified $7,246

799 API score in 2010

Districts with similar API scores in 2010
Sequoia Union Elementary 799
Pacific Union Elementary 799
Santa Clara Unified 799
Fallbrook Union Elementary 799
Redding Elementary 798
West Covina Unified 798
Plumas Lake Elementary 797
API scores in 2010
in districts with similar attendance
Acalanes Union High (5,399.70) 899
Temple City Unified (5,431.60) 885
Sulphur Springs Union Elementary (5,575.50) 828
Garvey Elementary (5,560.40) 804
Fallbrook Union Elementary (5,445.60) 799
National Elementary (5,566.00) 789
Perris Elementary (5,439.80) 757
API scores in 2010 in adjacent districts
Capistrano Unified 862
Bonsall Union Elementary 853
Murrieta Valley Unified 837
Fallbrook Union Elementary 799
Vallecitos Elementary 795
Oceanside Unified 773
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