California school district spending and test scores

Warner 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 Warner Unified compare to other California districts?

Spending per student

$15,338   Median: $8,234

API score in 2010

714   Median: 783

$15,338 spent per student ($2.8 million total expenditures)

Districts with similar spending per student
Bridgeville Elementary $16,169
Big Pine Unified $15,566
Manchester Union Elementary $15,470
Warner Unified $15,338
Klamath-Trinity Joint Unified $15,244
Julian Union Elementary $15,219
Surprise Valley Joint Unified $15,207
Spending per student
in districts with similar attendance
Warner Unified (184.90) $15,338
Fort Sage Unified (190.00) $12,229
Cinnabar Elementary (185.40) $9,898
Traver Joint Elementary (185.10) $9,763
Merced River Union Elementary (180.30) $9,498
Monroe Elementary (180.40) $8,465
Buena Vista Elementary (179.70) $7,711
Spending per student in adjacent districts
Spencer Valley Elementary $16,455
Julian Union High $16,301
Warner Unified $15,338
Julian Union Elementary $15,219
Borrego Springs Unified $13,196
Valley Center-Pauma Unified $8,850
Hemet Unified $8,199
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714 API score in 2010

Districts with similar API scores in 2010
Ukiah Unified 714
Seeley Union Elementary 714
Wilsona Elementary 714
Warner Unified 714
La Honda-Pescadero Unified 713
Pajaro Valley Unified 713
Edison Elementary 713
API scores in 2010
in districts with similar attendance
Monroe Elementary (180.40) 783
Buena Vista Elementary (179.70) 781
Cinnabar Elementary (185.40) 749
Merced River Union Elementary (180.30) 749
Traver Joint Elementary (185.10) 731
Warner Unified (184.90) 714
Fort Sage Unified (190.00) 660
API scores in 2010 in adjacent districts
Spencer Valley Elementary 934
Julian Union Elementary 825
Valley Center-Pauma Unified 800
Hemet Unified 753
Julian Union High 741
Palm Springs Unified 733
Warner Unified 714
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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