California school district spending and test scores

Golden Valley 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 Golden Valley Unified compare to other California districts?

Spending per student

$8,210   Median: $8,234

API score in 2010

822   Median: 783

$8,210 spent per student ($15.2 million total expenditures)

Districts with similar spending per student
Modesto City Schools $8,219
Oroville Union High $8,218
Le Grand Union Elementary $8,216
Golden Valley Unified $8,210
Santa Paula Union High $8,208
Desert Sands Unified $8,203
Hemet Unified $8,199
Spending per student
in districts with similar attendance
Central Union Elementary (1,812.20) $10,172
King City Joint Union High (1,832.90) $9,893
Ross Valley Elementary (1,911.30) $8,947
Golden Valley Unified (1,846.80) $8,210
Robla Elementary (1,893.70) $8,163
Lemoore Union High (1,908.10) $8,057
Corning Union Elementary (1,811.20) $7,901
Spending per student in adjacent districts
Raymond-Knowles Union Elementary $12,067
Chawanakee Unified $11,287
Fresno Unified $9,199
Golden Valley Unified $8,210
Clovis Unified $7,638
Madera Unified $7,442
Central Unified $7,312

822 API score in 2010

Districts with similar API scores in 2010
ABC Unified 822
Livermore Valley Joint Unified 822
Paradise Elementary 822
Golden Valley Unified 822
West Side Union Elementary 821
Castle Rock Union Elementary 821
Central Elementary 821
API scores in 2010
in districts with similar attendance
Ross Valley Elementary (1,911.30) 920
Central Union Elementary (1,812.20) 825
Golden Valley Unified (1,846.80) 822
Corning Union Elementary (1,811.20) 756
Robla Elementary (1,893.70) 751
Lemoore Union High (1,908.10) 736
King City Joint Union High (1,832.90) 689
API scores in 2010 in adjacent districts
Clovis Unified 866
Golden Valley Unified 822
Raymond-Knowles Union Elementary 770
Chawanakee Unified 764
Central Unified 748
Madera Unified 733
Fresno Unified 711
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