California school district spending and test scores

Conejo Valley 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 Conejo Valley Unified compare to other California districts?

Spending per student

$7,687   Median: $8,234

API score in 2010

866   Median: 783

$7,687 spent per student ($156.6 million total expenditures)

Districts with similar spending per student
San Leandro Unified $7,709
Scotia Union Elementary $7,690
Moreno Valley Unified $7,688
Conejo Valley Unified $7,687
South San Francisco Unified $7,680
San Jacinto Unified $7,680
Foresthill Union Elementary $7,670
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
Norwalk-La Mirada Unified (19,932.30) $8,301
Conejo Valley Unified (20,370.60) $7,687
Redlands Unified (20,211.80) $7,536
Fairfield-Suisun Unified (20,620.00) $7,496
Hesperia Unified (19,990.60) $7,441
Spending per student in adjacent districts
Santa Monica-Malibu Unified $10,010
Oak Park Unified $8,148
Oxnard Union High $8,084
Ocean View Elementary $7,766
Las Virgenes Unified $7,742
Conejo Valley Unified $7,687
Moorpark Unified $7,380
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866 API score in 2010

Districts with similar API scores in 2010
Saugus Union Elementary 866
Clovis Unified 866
Roseville City Elementary 866
Conejo Valley Unified 866
Big Lagoon Union Elementary 866
Two Rock Union Elementary 866
Goleta Union Elementary 865
API scores in 2010
in districts with similar attendance
Conejo Valley Unified (20,370.60) 866
Newport-Mesa Unified (20,699.50) 820
Redlands Unified (20,211.80) 800
Hacienda La Puente Unified (20,473.20) 791
Norwalk-La Mirada Unified (19,932.30) 754
Fairfield-Suisun Unified (20,620.00) 750
Hesperia Unified (19,990.60) 744
API scores in 2010 in adjacent districts
Oak Park Unified 916
Las Virgenes Unified 882
Conejo Valley Unified 866
Pleasant Valley School 863
Santa Monica-Malibu Unified 844
Moorpark Unified 836
Simi Valley Unified 816
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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