California school district spending and test scores

Fallbrook Union High 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 High compare to other California districts?

Spending per student

$10,068   Median: $8,234

API score in 2010

747   Median: 783

$10,068 spent per student ($27.1 million total expenditures)

Districts with similar spending per student
Pasadena Unified $10,104
Princeton Joint Unified $10,103
Del Norte County Unified $10,071
Fallbrook Union High $10,068
Roseland Elementary $10,059
Los Angeles Unified $10,015
Santa Monica-Malibu Unified $10,010
Spending per student
in districts with similar attendance
Ravenswood City Elementary (2,678.20) $12,987
Solana Beach Elementary (2,748.00) $11,112
Fallbrook Union High (2,694.00) $10,068
San Carlos Elementary (2,705.20) $8,225
Keppel Union Elementary (2,682.80) $8,183
Bear Valley Unified (2,687.80) $8,106
Burton Elementary (2,749.40) $7,737
Spending per student in adjacent districts
Fallbrook Union High $10,068
Valley Center-Pauma Unified $8,850
Vista Unified $8,522
Escondido Union High $8,517
Oceanside Unified $8,492
Escondido Union Elementary $7,938
San Marcos Unified $7,493
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747 API score in 2010

Districts with similar API scores in 2010
Central Unified 748
Chaffey Joint Union High 747
Liberty Union High 747
Fallbrook Union High 747
Alum Rock Union Elementary 746
Exeter Union High 745
El Rancho Unified 745
API scores in 2010
in districts with similar attendance
Solana Beach Elementary (2,748.00) 936
San Carlos Elementary (2,705.20) 899
Bear Valley Unified (2,687.80) 791
Burton Elementary (2,749.40) 774
Fallbrook Union High (2,694.00) 747
Keppel Union Elementary (2,682.80) 717
Ravenswood City Elementary (2,678.20) 688
API scores in 2010 in adjacent districts
Capistrano Unified 862
Temecula Valley Unified 856
San Marcos Unified 853
Murrieta Valley Unified 837
Valley Center-Pauma Unified 800
Vista Unified 785
Oceanside Unified 773
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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