California school district spending and test scores

Glendora 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 Glendora Unified compare to other California districts?

Spending per student

$7,130   Median: $8,234

API score in 2010

854   Median: 783

$7,130 spent per student ($48.6 million total expenditures)

Districts with similar spending per student
Panama-Buena Vista Union Elementary $7,136
Pacific Union Elementary $7,136
Atascadero Unified $7,135
Glendora Unified $7,130
Tracy Joint Unified $7,129
Placer Hills Union Elementary $7,121
Richfield Elementary $7,112
Spending per student
in districts with similar attendance
San Luis Coastal Unified (6,713.10) $9,781
Washington Unified (6,792.50) $7,975
Claremont Unified (6,895.20) $7,581
Liberty Union High (6,751.90) $7,519
Moorpark Unified (6,970.00) $7,380
Glendora Unified (6,815.50) $7,130
Newhall Elementary (6,850.10) $7,056
Spending per student in adjacent districts
Azusa Unified $8,248
Charter Oak Unified $7,573
Bonita Unified $7,274
Glendora Unified $7,130

854 API score in 2010

Districts with similar API scores in 2010
Mark West Union Elementary 854
Mesa Union Elementary 854
Castro Valley Unified 854
Glendora Unified 854
Seiad Elementary 854
Browns Elementary 853
Torrance Unified 853
API scores in 2010
in districts with similar attendance
Newhall Elementary (6,850.10) 896
Glendora Unified (6,815.50) 854
Moorpark Unified (6,970.00) 836
San Luis Coastal Unified (6,713.10) 830
Claremont Unified (6,895.20) 819
Liberty Union High (6,751.90) 747
Washington Unified (6,792.50) 741
API scores in 2010 in adjacent districts
Glendora Unified 854
Bonita Unified 840
Charter Oak Unified 788
Azusa Unified 713
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