California school district spending and test scores

Gateway 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 Gateway Unified compare to other California districts?

Spending per student

$8,617   Median: $8,234

API score in 2010

782   Median: 783

$8,617 spent per student ($22.2 million total expenditures)

Districts with similar spending per student
Alameda City Unified $8,630
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
Spending per student
in districts with similar attendance
Gateway Unified (2,576.00) $8,617
Lamont Elementary (2,605.40) $8,324
San Bruno Park Elementary (2,523.30) $8,248
Delhi Unified (2,550.80) $8,234
Newman-Crows Landing Unified (2,584.10) $7,429
Burlingame Elementary (2,558.00) $7,356
Cucamonga Elementary (2,578.30) $7,291
Spending per student in adjacent districts
Indian Springs Elementary $33,451
Trinity Center Elementary $21,220
French Gulch-Whiskeytown Elementary $16,512
Dunsmuir Joint Union High $13,634
Mountain Union Elementary $12,731
Castle Rock Union Elementary $11,493
Siskiyou Union High $10,153
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782 API score in 2010

Districts with similar API scores in 2010
Weaver Union Elementary 782
Calaveras Unified 782
Waterford Unified 782
Gateway Unified 782
San Ysidro Elementary 782
Little Shasta Elementary 782
South Bay Union Elementary 781
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
Newman-Crows Landing Unified (2,584.10) 735
Lamont Elementary (2,605.40) 706
API scores in 2010 in adjacent districts
Trinity Center Elementary N/A
French Gulch-Whiskeytown Elementary N/A
Indian Springs Elementary 852
Columbia Elementary 841
Castle Rock Union Elementary 821
McCloud Union Elementary 819
Enterprise Elementary 815
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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