California school district spending and test scores

Guadalupe Union Elementary 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 Guadalupe Union Elementary compare to other California districts?

Spending per student

$7,558   Median: $8,234

API score in 2010

671   Median: 783

$7,558 spent per student ($8.0 million total expenditures)

Districts with similar spending per student
Downey Unified $7,572
Apple Valley Unified $7,569
Greenfield Union Elementary $7,559
Guadalupe Union Elementary $7,558
Soquel Union Elementary $7,556
Martinez Unified $7,555
Janesville Union Elementary $7,545
Spending per student
in districts with similar attendance
Kentfield Elementary (1,041.90) $10,931
Fall River Joint Unified (1,066.80) $10,535
Mammoth Unified (1,042.50) $10,253
Heber Elementary (1,058.00) $8,059
El Tejon Unified (1,064.90) $7,803
Guadalupe Union Elementary (1,060.90) $7,558
Hickman Community Charter (1,065.70) $6,192
Spending per student in adjacent districts
Guadalupe Union Elementary $7,558
Santa Maria-Bonita Elementary $7,414
Lucia Mar Unified $7,406
Orcutt Union Elementary $6,702

671 API score in 2010

Districts with similar API scores in 2010
Taft City Elementary 674
Antelope Valley Union High 671
Stockton Unified 671
Guadalupe Union Elementary 671
Mojave Unified 670
Parlier Unified 670
Buttonwillow Union Elementary 670
API scores in 2010
in districts with similar attendance
Kentfield Elementary (1,041.90) 940
Hickman Community Charter (1,065.70) 852
Fall River Joint Unified (1,066.80) 780
Heber Elementary (1,058.00) 771
Mammoth Unified (1,042.50) 771
El Tejon Unified (1,064.90) 731
Guadalupe Union Elementary (1,060.90) 671
API scores in 2010 in adjacent districts
Orcutt Union Elementary 820
Lucia Mar Unified 815
Santa Maria-Bonita Elementary 717
Guadalupe Union Elementary 671
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