California school district spending and test scores

Gratton 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 Gratton Elementary compare to other California districts?

Spending per student

$7,472   Median: $8,234

API score in 2010

887   Median: 783

$7,472 spent per student ($896,274 total expenditures)

Districts with similar spending per student
Nuview Union Elementary $7,488
Saddleback Valley Unified $7,472
Meridian Elementary $7,472
Gratton Elementary $7,472
Manhattan Beach Unified $7,467
Chaffey Joint Union High $7,465
King City Union Elementary $7,464
Spending per student
in districts with similar attendance
Mckittrick Elementary (122.20) $11,050
Happy Valley Elementary (122.30) $10,387
Mountain Elementary (124.00) $10,150
Bangor Union Elementary (119.30) $8,915
Round Valley Joint Elementary (119.70) $8,580
Gratton Elementary (120.00) $7,472
Plainsburg Union Elementary (118.10) $5,874
Spending per student in adjacent districts
Denair Unified $8,700
Hughson Unified $7,791
Gratton Elementary $7,472
Hickman Community Charter $6,192

887 API score in 2010

Districts with similar API scores in 2010
Coronado Unified 888
Rescue Union Elementary 888
Buckeye Union Elementary 887
Gratton Elementary 887
Temple City Unified 885
Bennett Valley Union Elementary 883
Poway Unified 883
API scores in 2010
in districts with similar attendance
Happy Valley Elementary (122.30) 941
Mountain Elementary (124.00) 909
Gratton Elementary (120.00) 887
Plainsburg Union Elementary (118.10) 863
Mckittrick Elementary (122.20) 846
Round Valley Joint Elementary (119.70) 829
Bangor Union Elementary (119.30) 752
API scores in 2010 in adjacent districts
Gratton Elementary 887
Hickman Community Charter 852
Hughson Unified 774
Denair Unified 710
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