California school district spending and test scores

Garden Grove 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 Garden Grove Unified compare to other California districts?

Spending per student

$8,193   Median: $8,234

API score in 2010

802   Median: 783

$8,193 spent per student ($381.0 million total expenditures)

Districts with similar spending per student
Winters Joint Unified $8,198
La Canada Unified $8,197
Forestville Union Elementary $8,194
Garden Grove Unified $8,193
El Rancho Unified $8,184
Rosemead Elementary $8,183
Keppel Union Elementary $8,183
Spending per student
in districts with similar attendance
San Bernardino City Unified (48,151.20) $10,175
San Francisco Unified (48,736.50) $9,715
Sacramento City Unified (41,653.20) $8,972
Sweetwater Union High (39,163.90) $8,612
Garden Grove Unified (46,503.20) $8,193
Riverside Unified (40,155.80) $8,055
Capistrano Unified (49,129.20) $7,246
Spending per student in adjacent districts
Newport-Mesa Unified $10,669
Anaheim City Elementary $8,399
Santa Ana Unified $8,396
Magnolia Elementary $8,341
Huntington Beach Union High $8,284
Garden Grove Unified $8,193
Anaheim Union High $8,168
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802 API score in 2010

Districts with similar API scores in 2010
Los Molinos Unified 803
Colfax Elementary 802
Oak Valley Union Elementary 802
Garden Grove Unified 802
Corona-Norco Unified 801
Jamul-Dulzura Union Elementary 801
La Mesa-Spring Valley 801
API scores in 2010
in districts with similar attendance
Capistrano Unified (49,129.20) 862
Garden Grove Unified (46,503.20) 802
San Francisco Unified (48,736.50) 791
Riverside Unified (40,155.80) 781
Sweetwater Union High (39,163.90) 758
Sacramento City Unified (41,653.20) 753
San Bernardino City Unified (48,151.20) 699
API scores in 2010 in adjacent districts
Los Alamitos Unified 904
Fountain Valley Elementary 892
Cypress Elementary 877
Ocean View Elementary 857
Huntington Beach Union High 827
Westminster Elementary 821
Newport-Mesa Unified 820
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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