California school district spending and test scores

Fairfield-Suisun 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 Fairfield-Suisun Unified compare to other California districts?

Spending per student

$7,496   Median: $8,234

API score in 2010

750   Median: 783

$7,496 spent per student ($154.6 million total expenditures)

Districts with similar spending per student
William S. Hart Union High $7,507
Yreka Union Elementary $7,507
Torrance Unified $7,505
Fairfield-Suisun Unified $7,496
Arvin Union Elementary $7,495
San Marcos Unified $7,493
Nuview Union Elementary $7,488
Spending per student
in districts with similar attendance
Newport-Mesa Unified (20,699.50) $10,669
Hacienda La Puente Unified (20,473.20) $8,356
Hemet Unified (20,812.80) $8,199
Conejo Valley Unified (20,370.60) $7,687
Lake Elsinore Unified (20,835.00) $7,574
Redlands Unified (20,211.80) $7,536
Fairfield-Suisun Unified (20,620.00) $7,496
Spending per student in adjacent districts
River Delta Joint Unified $9,240
Vallejo City Unified $8,779
Mt. Diablo Unified $8,199
Napa Valley Unified $8,076
Pittsburg Unified $7,995
Martinez Unified $7,555
Fairfield-Suisun Unified $7,496
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750 API score in 2010

Districts with similar API scores in 2010
Jefferson Union High 750
Del Norte County Unified 750
Manteca Unified 750
Fairfield-Suisun Unified 750
Silver Valley Unified 749
Merced River Union Elementary 749
Caruthers Unified 749
API scores in 2010
in districts with similar attendance
Conejo Valley Unified (20,370.60) 866
Newport-Mesa Unified (20,699.50) 820
Lake Elsinore Unified (20,835.00) 814
Redlands Unified (20,211.80) 800
Hacienda La Puente Unified (20,473.20) 791
Hemet Unified (20,812.80) 753
Fairfield-Suisun Unified (20,620.00) 750
API scores in 2010 in adjacent districts
Benicia Unified 843
Martinez Unified 819
Travis Unified 816
Mt. Diablo Unified 784
Napa Valley Unified 776
Vacaville Unified 769
Dixon Unified 751
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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