California school district spending and test scores

Delano Joint Union High 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 Delano Joint Union High compare to other California districts?

Spending per student

$9,667   Median: $8,234

API score in 2010

748   Median: 783

$9,667 spent per student ($40.8 million total expenditures)

Districts with similar spending per student
Twain Harte-Long Barn Union Elementary $9,718
San Francisco Unified $9,715
South Bay Union Elementary $9,694
Delano Joint Union High $9,667
Vallecito Union Elementary $9,652
Santa Clara Unified $9,647
Cardiff Elementary $9,631
Spending per student
in districts with similar attendance
Delano Joint Union High (4,222.10) $9,667
Los Altos Elementary (4,207.40) $9,549
Placer Union High (4,224.00) $7,903
Rim of The World Unified (4,247.20) $7,875
Soledad Unified (4,213.70) $7,807
South Pasadena Unified (4,186.30) $7,647
Rio Elementary (4,238.70) $7,583
Spending per student in adjacent districts
Linns Valley-Poso Flat Union $18,836
Blake Elementary $16,281
Alpaugh Unified $10,751
Delano Joint Union High $9,667
Tulare Joint Union High $9,473
Kern Union High $9,109
Saucelito Elementary $8,757
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748 API score in 2010

Districts with similar API scores in 2010
Anaheim Union High 748
Meadows Union Elementary 748
Central Unified 748
Delano Joint Union High 748
Cascade Union Elementary 748
Kings Canyon Joint Unified 748
Chaffey Joint Union High 747
API scores in 2010
in districts with similar attendance
Los Altos Elementary (4,207.40) 965
South Pasadena Unified (4,186.30) 911
Placer Union High (4,224.00) 797
Rim of The World Unified (4,247.20) 767
Delano Joint Union High (4,222.10) 748
Rio Elementary (4,238.70) 716
Soledad Unified (4,213.70) 696
API scores in 2010 in adjacent districts
Blake Elementary N/A
Saucelito Elementary 777
Ducor Union Elementary 771
Lost Hills Union Elementary 749
Delano Joint Union High 748
Standard Elementary 745
Corcoran Joint Unified 725
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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