California school district spending and test scores

Gonzales 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 Gonzales Unified compare to other California districts?

Spending per student

$8,087   Median: $8,234

API score in 2010

682   Median: 783

$8,087 spent per student ($17.6 million total expenditures)

Districts with similar spending per student
Newark Unified $8,089
Hollister Elementary $8,089
Rowland Unified $8,088
Gonzales Unified $8,087
Delano Union Elementary $8,086
Fallbrook Union Elementary $8,084
Oxnard Union High $8,084
Spending per student
in districts with similar attendance
Saratoga Union Elementary (2,196.50) $10,547
San Lorenzo Valley Unified (2,134.60) $8,643
Gonzales Unified (2,173.60) $8,087
Hilmar Unified (2,176.50) $7,637
Fowler Unified (2,203.60) $7,355
Kingsburg Elementary Charter (2,155.10) $7,082
Loomis Union Elementary (2,172.90) $6,691
Spending per student in adjacent districts
Carmel Unified $17,451
Willow Grove Union Elementary $17,307
Jefferson Elementary $10,916
Mission Union Elementary $9,068
Cienega Union Elementary $8,718
San Benito High $8,656
Salinas Union High $8,250
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682 API score in 2010

Districts with similar API scores in 2010
Alpaugh Unified 683
Richgrove Elementary 682
Klamath-Trinity Joint Unified 682
Gonzales Unified 682
Semitropic Elementary 681
Konocti Unified 681
Mcfarland Unified 680
API scores in 2010
in districts with similar attendance
Saratoga Union Elementary (2,196.50) 965
Loomis Union Elementary (2,172.90) 895
San Lorenzo Valley Unified (2,134.60) 825
Kingsburg Elementary Charter (2,155.10) 816
Hilmar Unified (2,176.50) 776
Fowler Unified (2,203.60) 740
Gonzales Unified (2,173.60) 682
API scores in 2010 in adjacent districts
Carmel Unified 897
Cienega Union Elementary 859
Spreckels Union Elementary 855
Mission Union Elementary 839
Jefferson Elementary 832
San Benito High 740
Alisal Union Elementary 718
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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