California school district spending and test scores

Holtville 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 Holtville Unified compare to other California districts?

Spending per student

$8,451   Median: $8,234

API score in 2010

735   Median: 783

$8,451 spent per student ($13.8 million total expenditures)

Districts with similar spending per student
Franklin-McKinley Elementary $8,462
Ferndale Unified $8,462
Corcoran Joint Unified $8,458
Holtville Unified $8,451
New Hope Elementary $8,449
Pacific Union Elementary $8,430
Cottonwood Union Elementary $8,429
Spending per student
in districts with similar attendance
Wasco Union High (1,631.00) $8,704
Holtville Unified (1,631.70) $8,451
Kelseyville Unified (1,619.60) $8,270
Winters Joint Unified (1,591.10) $8,198
Acton-Agua Dulce Unified (1,653.80) $7,931
Byron Union Elementary (1,632.50) $7,609
Gustine Unified (1,633.10) $7,437
Spending per student in adjacent districts
San Pasqual Valley Unified $14,028
Meadows Union Elementary $8,754
Calexico Unified $8,668
Holtville Unified $8,451
Brawley Union High $8,168
Heber Elementary $8,059
Central Union High $7,955
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735 API score in 2010

Districts with similar API scores in 2010
Escondido Union Elementary 735
Live Oak Unified 735
Newman-Crows Landing Unified 735
Holtville Unified 735
Klamath River Union Elementary 735
Baldwin Park Unified 735
Salinas City Elementary 735
API scores in 2010
in districts with similar attendance
Byron Union Elementary (1,632.50) 797
Winters Joint Unified (1,591.10) 759
Acton-Agua Dulce Unified (1,653.80) 758
Holtville Unified (1,631.70) 735
Gustine Unified (1,633.10) 732
Kelseyville Unified (1,619.60) 725
Wasco Union High (1,631.00) 690
API scores in 2010 in adjacent districts
Calexico Unified N/A
Magnolia Union Elementary 865
Imperial Unified 815
Heber Elementary 771
Brawley Elementary 751
Meadows Union Elementary 748
Holtville Unified 735
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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