California school district spending and test scores

Sanger 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 Sanger Unified compare to other California districts?

Spending per student

$8,425   Median: $8,234

API score in 2010

805   Median: 783

$8,425 spent per student ($71.9 million total expenditures)

Districts with similar spending per student
Pacific Union Elementary $8,430
Cottonwood Union Elementary $8,429
Parlier Unified $8,426
Sanger Unified $8,425
Red Bluff Union Elementary $8,423
Lafayette Elementary $8,422
Dinuba Unified $8,418
Spending per student
in districts with similar attendance
Berkeley Unified (8,651.40) $12,092
East Whittier City Elementary (8,526.50) $9,584
Redwood City Elementary (8,620.00) $8,696
Sanger Unified (8,536.70) $8,425
Castro Valley Unified (8,554.70) $7,429
Los Banos Unified (8,429.50) $7,360
Menifee Union Elementary (8,480.30) $6,919
Spending per student in adjacent districts
Sierra Unified $10,845
Fresno Unified $9,199
Kings Canyon Joint Unified $8,569
Parlier Unified $8,426
Sanger Unified $8,425
Selma Unified $8,313
Clovis Unified $7,638
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805 API score in 2010

Districts with similar API scores in 2010
Orange Unified 806
Kings River-Hardwick Union Elementary 806
Oak Grove Elementary 806
Sanger Unified 805
Atascadero Unified 804
Garvey Elementary 804
Los Molinos Unified 803
API scores in 2010
in districts with similar attendance
Castro Valley Unified (8,554.70) 854
Menifee Union Elementary (8,480.30) 828
East Whittier City Elementary (8,526.50) 824
Sanger Unified (8,536.70) 805
Berkeley Unified (8,651.40) 785
Redwood City Elementary (8,620.00) 763
Los Banos Unified (8,429.50) 741
API scores in 2010 in adjacent districts
Clovis Unified 866
Sierra Unified 813
Sanger Unified 805
Selma Unified 773
Kings Canyon Joint Unified 748
Fowler Unified 740
Fresno Unified 711
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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