California school district spending and test scores

Galt Joint Union High 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 Galt Joint Union High compare to other California districts?

Spending per student

$8,615   Median: $8,234

API score in 2010

744   Median: 783

$8,615 spent per student ($18.2 million total expenditures)

Districts with similar spending per student
Terra Bella Union Elementary $8,624
Santa Barbara School Districts $8,619
Gateway Unified $8,617
Galt Joint Union High $8,615
Sweetwater Union High $8,612
Antelope Valley Union High $8,604
Perris Union High $8,601
Spending per student
in districts with similar attendance
West Sonoma County Union High (2,130.70) $8,876
Galt Joint Union High (2,113.90) $8,615
Orland Joint Unified (2,118.30) $8,151
Firebaugh-Las Deltas Joint Unified (2,122.60) $8,108
Hughson Unified (2,070.20) $7,791
Millbrae Elementary (2,100.40) $7,447
Fairfax Elementary (2,079.70) $7,088
Spending per student in adjacent districts
River Delta Joint Unified $9,240
Galt Joint Union High $8,615
Lodi Unified $8,163
Elk Grove Unified $8,057
Amador County Unified $7,093

744 API score in 2010

Districts with similar API scores in 2010
El Rancho Unified 745
Fortuna Union High 744
Hesperia Unified 744
Galt Joint Union High 744
Porterville Unified 743
Liberty Elementary 743
Jurupa Unified 743
API scores in 2010
in districts with similar attendance
Millbrae Elementary (2,100.40) 880
West Sonoma County Union High (2,130.70) 779
Hughson Unified (2,070.20) 774
Firebaugh-Las Deltas Joint Unified (2,122.60) 755
Galt Joint Union High (2,113.90) 744
Orland Joint Unified (2,118.30) 729
Fairfax Elementary (2,079.70) 657
API scores in 2010 in adjacent districts
Elk Grove Unified 791
Amador County Unified 787
Galt Joint Union High 744
Lodi Unified 737
River Delta Joint Unified 728
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