California school district spending and test scores

Grant 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 Grant Elementary compare to other California districts?

Spending per student

$7,805   Median: $8,234

API score in 2010

890   Median: 783

$7,805 spent per student ($4.5 million total expenditures)

Districts with similar spending per student
Soledad Unified $7,807
Hawthorne Elementary $7,806
La Habra City Elementary $7,805
Grant Elementary $7,805
Salida Union Elementary $7,804
Trinidad Union Elementary $7,804
El Tejon Unified $7,803
Spending per student
in districts with similar attendance
Brisbane Elementary (558.90) $10,634
Tipton Elementary (581.80) $8,229
Pacheco Union Elementary (586.20) $7,830
Mt. Shasta Union Elementary (571.30) $7,824
Grant Elementary (580.30) $7,805
Mesa Union Elementary (574.10) $7,617
Twin Hills Union Elementary (593.00) $7,453
Spending per student in adjacent districts
French Gulch-Whiskeytown Elementary $16,512
Igo, Ono, Platina Union Elementary $11,859
Anderson Union High $9,261
Happy Valley Union Elementary $8,801
Redding Elementary $8,548
Shasta Union Elementary $8,475
Grant Elementary $7,805

890 API score in 2010

Districts with similar API scores in 2010
Burlingame Elementary 892
Fountain Valley Elementary 892
North Cow Creek Elementary 890
Grant Elementary 890
Huntington Beach City Elementary 889
Rescue Union Elementary 888
Coronado Unified 888
API scores in 2010
in districts with similar attendance
Grant Elementary (580.30) 890
Mt. Shasta Union Elementary (571.30) 874
Mesa Union Elementary (574.10) 854
Twin Hills Union Elementary (593.00) 840
Brisbane Elementary (558.90) 801
Pacheco Union Elementary (586.20) 783
Tipton Elementary (581.80) 765
API scores in 2010 in adjacent districts
French Gulch-Whiskeytown Elementary N/A
Grant Elementary 890
Redding Elementary 798
Igo, Ono, Platina Union Elementary 790
Happy Valley Union Elementary 784
Anderson Union High 743
Shasta Union Elementary 724
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