California school district spending and test scores

Delhi 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 Delhi Unified compare to other California districts?

Spending per student

$8,234   Median: $8,234

API score in 2010

759   Median: 783

$8,234 spent per student ($21.0 million total expenditures)

Districts with similar spending per student
Azusa Unified $8,248
San Bruno Park Elementary $8,248
Coalinga-Huron Joint Unified $8,245
Delhi Unified $8,234
Rialto Unified $8,231
Tipton Elementary $8,229
Santa Maria Joint Union High $8,229
Spending per student
in districts with similar attendance
Oroville City Elementary (2,509.70) $8,737
Gateway Unified (2,576.00) $8,617
San Bruno Park Elementary (2,523.30) $8,248
Delhi Unified (2,550.80) $8,234
Oroville Union High (2,516.00) $8,218
Burlingame Elementary (2,558.00) $7,356
Cucamonga Elementary (2,578.30) $7,291
Spending per student in adjacent districts
Livingston Union Elementary $9,104
Delhi Unified $8,234
Merced Union High $8,137
Turlock Unified $7,860
Hilmar Unified $7,637
Ballico-Cressey Elementary $7,635

759 API score in 2010

Districts with similar API scores in 2010
Winters Joint Unified 759
Morongo Unified 759
Brittan Elementary 759
Delhi Unified 759
Long Beach Unified 759
Kingsburg Joint Union High 759
Palermo Union Elementary 759
API scores in 2010
in districts with similar attendance
Burlingame Elementary (2,558.00) 892
San Bruno Park Elementary (2,523.30) 820
Gateway Unified (2,576.00) 782
Cucamonga Elementary (2,578.30) 774
Delhi Unified (2,550.80) 759
Oroville City Elementary (2,509.70) 737
Oroville Union High (2,516.00) 692
API scores in 2010 in adjacent districts
Ballico-Cressey Elementary 787
Hilmar Unified 776
Turlock Unified 760
Delhi Unified 759
Livingston Union Elementary 756
Merced Union High 739
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