California school district spending and test scores

Glendale 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 Glendale Unified compare to other California districts?

Spending per student

$8,325   Median: $8,234

API score in 2010

842   Median: 783

$8,325 spent per student ($212.1 million total expenditures)

Districts with similar spending per student
Live Oak Elementary $8,337
Pollock Pines Elementary $8,328
Duarte Unified $8,327
Glendale Unified $8,325
Lamont Elementary $8,324
Bellevue Union Elementary $8,322
Paramount Unified $8,321
Spending per student
in districts with similar attendance
Compton Unified (24,069.20) $10,586
Twin Rivers Unified (25,510.10) $9,062
Bakersfield City Elementary (25,573.10) $8,755
Glendale Unified (25,476.70) $8,325
Rialto Unified (25,458.30) $8,231
Placentia-Yorba Linda Unified (24,855.40) $7,826
Visalia Unified (25,512.50) $7,428
Spending per student in adjacent districts
Pasadena Unified $10,104
Los Angeles Unified $10,015
Glendale Unified $8,325
La Canada Unified $8,197
Burbank Unified $7,659

842 API score in 2010

Districts with similar API scores in 2010
Wiseburn Elementary 843
Columbia Union Elementary 842
Pacifica School District 842
Glendale Unified 842
Solvang Elementary 841
Norris Elementary 841
Columbia Elementary 841
API scores in 2010
in districts with similar attendance
Placentia-Yorba Linda Unified (24,855.40) 847
Glendale Unified (25,476.70) 842
Visalia Unified (25,512.50) 759
Rialto Unified (25,458.30) 732
Twin Rivers Unified (25,510.10) 725
Bakersfield City Elementary (25,573.10) 706
Compton Unified (24,069.20) 679
API scores in 2010 in adjacent districts
La Canada Unified 933
Glendale Unified 842
Burbank Unified 832
Pasadena Unified 758
Los Angeles Unified 709
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