California school district spending and test scores

Fillmore 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 Fillmore Unified compare to other California districts?

Spending per student

$7,907   Median: $8,234

API score in 2010

720   Median: 783

$7,907 spent per student ($28.7 million total expenditures)

Districts with similar spending per student
Rincon Valley Union Elementary $7,913
Richland Union Elementary $7,913
Magnolia Union Elementary $7,907
Fillmore Unified $7,907
Placer Union High $7,903
Ceres Unified $7,901
Corning Union Elementary $7,901
Spending per student
in districts with similar attendance
Tamalpais Union High (3,593.20) $15,100
Tahoe-Truckee Joint Unified (3,659.20) $11,323
Lake Tahoe Unified (3,648.00) $8,800
Eureka City Unified (3,659.40) $8,469
Fillmore Unified (3,629.20) $7,907
South Whittier Elementary (3,592.70) $7,768
Hanford Joint Union High (3,577.20) $7,717
Spending per student in adjacent districts
Gorman Elementary $12,780
Cuyama Joint Unified $10,329
Santa Paula Elementary $8,867
Antelope Valley Union High $8,604
Santa Clara Elementary $8,488
Santa Paula Union High $8,208
Oxnard Union High $8,084
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720 API score in 2010

Districts with similar API scores in 2010
South Whittier Elementary 720
Woodville Union Elementary 720
Oxnard Union High 720
Fillmore Unified 720
Bayshore Elementary 720
Cuyama Joint Unified 720
Oakland Unified 719
API scores in 2010
in districts with similar attendance
Tamalpais Union High (3,593.20) 862
Tahoe-Truckee Joint Unified (3,659.20) 806
Lake Tahoe Unified (3,648.00) 781
Eureka City Unified (3,659.40) 766
Fillmore Unified (3,629.20) 720
South Whittier Elementary (3,592.70) 720
Hanford Joint Union High (3,577.20) 707
API scores in 2010 in adjacent districts
Santa Clara Elementary 938
Newhall Elementary 896
Castaic Union Elementary 840
Moorpark Unified 836
William S. Hart Union High 824
Simi Valley Unified 816
Ojai Unified 815
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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