California school district spending and test scores

Wasco 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 Wasco Union High compare to other California districts?

Spending per student

$8,704   Median: $8,234

API score in 2010

690   Median: 783

$8,704 spent per student ($14.2 million total expenditures)

Districts with similar spending per student
Mountain House Elementary $8,707
Westmorland Union Elementary $8,704
Mcfarland Unified $8,704
Wasco Union High $8,704
Denair Unified $8,700
Redwood City Elementary $8,696
Lucerne Elementary $8,673
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
Byron Union Elementary (1,632.50) $7,609
Gustine Unified (1,633.10) $7,437
Willows Unified (1,590.90) $6,959
Spending per student in adjacent districts
Belridge Elementary $42,094
Taft Union High $21,932
Shandon Joint Unified $11,188
Mckittrick Elementary $11,050
Delano Joint Union High $9,667
Kern Union High $9,109
Wasco Union High $8,704
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690 API score in 2010

Districts with similar API scores in 2010
Hot Springs Elementary 692
Oroville Union High 692
Orick Elementary 691
Wasco Union High 690
King City Joint Union High 689
Lynwood Unified 689
Hope Elementary 689
API scores in 2010
in districts with similar attendance
Byron Union Elementary (1,632.50) 797
Winters Joint Unified (1,591.10) 759
Holtville Unified (1,631.70) 735
Gustine Unified (1,633.10) 732
Willows Unified (1,590.90) 731
Kelseyville Unified (1,619.60) 725
Wasco Union High (1,631.00) 690
API scores in 2010 in adjacent districts
Mckittrick Elementary 846
Pond Union Elementary 816
Belridge Elementary 815
Atascadero Unified 804
Rio Bravo-Greeley Union Elementary 785
Shandon Joint Unified 755
Delano Joint Union High 748
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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