California school district spending and test scores

Fall River Joint 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 Fall River Joint Unified compare to other California districts?

Spending per student

$10,535   Median: $8,234

API score in 2010

780   Median: 783

$10,535 spent per student ($11.2 million total expenditures)

Districts with similar spending per student
Black Butte Union Elementary $10,626
Compton Unified $10,586
Saratoga Union Elementary $10,547
Fall River Joint Unified $10,535
Dunsmuir Elementary $10,517
Burrel Union Elementary $10,509
Cayucos Elementary $10,493
Spending per student
in districts with similar attendance
Washington Union High (1,073.60) $10,940
Fall River Joint Unified (1,066.80) $10,535
Wheatland Elementary (1,075.20) $10,461
El Tejon Unified (1,064.90) $7,803
Guadalupe Union Elementary (1,060.90) $7,558
Susanville Elementary (1,068.00) $7,360
Hickman Community Charter (1,065.70) $6,192
Spending per student in adjacent districts
Indian Springs Elementary $33,451
Whitmore Union Elementary $25,154
Ravendale-Termo Elementary $24,880
Mountain Union Elementary $12,731
Big Valley Joint Unified $11,704
Westwood Unified $11,102
Fall River Joint Unified $10,535
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780 API score in 2010

Districts with similar API scores in 2010
Sequoia Union High 780
Grass Valley Elementary 780
Val Verde Unified 780
Fall River Joint Unified 780
Oakley Union Elementary 779
Lakeport Unified 779
Jefferson Elementary 779
API scores in 2010
in districts with similar attendance
Hickman Community Charter (1,065.70) 852
Wheatland Elementary (1,075.20) 823
Fall River Joint Unified (1,066.80) 780
Susanville Elementary (1,068.00) 752
El Tejon Unified (1,064.90) 731
Guadalupe Union Elementary (1,060.90) 671
Washington Union High (1,073.60) 657
API scores in 2010 in adjacent districts
Whitmore Union Elementary 915
Indian Springs Elementary 852
McCloud Union Elementary 819
Shasta Union High 808
Fall River Joint Unified 780
Big Valley Joint Unified 770
Siskiyou Union High 755
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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