California school district spending and test scores

Tulare 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 Tulare Joint Union High compare to other California districts?

Spending per student

$9,473   Median: $8,234

API score in 2010

718   Median: 783

$9,473 spent per student ($43.9 million total expenditures)

Districts with similar spending per student
Merced River Union Elementary $9,498
Ukiah Unified $9,493
Orinda Union Elementary $9,473
Tulare Joint Union High $9,473
Woodlake Union High $9,470
Lassen Union High $9,431
Arcata Elementary $9,415
Spending per student
in districts with similar attendance
Tulare Joint Union High (4,635.70) $9,473
San Ysidro Elementary (4,701.90) $8,475
Center Joint Unified (4,683.10) $8,045
Union Elementary (4,583.80) $7,271
Atascadero Unified (4,596.50) $7,135
Buckeye Union Elementary (4,571.90) $6,550
Central Elementary (4,681.10) $6,388
Spending per student in adjacent districts
Alpaugh Unified $10,751
Delano Joint Union High $9,667
Tulare Joint Union High $9,473
Kit Carson Union Elementary $9,173
Earlimart Elementary $9,099
Saucelito Elementary $8,757
Corcoran Joint Unified $8,458
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718 API score in 2010

Districts with similar API scores in 2010
Oakland Unified 719
Pittsburg Unified 718
Alisal Union Elementary 718
Tulare Joint Union High 718
Central Union High 717
Keppel Union Elementary 717
Santa Maria-Bonita Elementary 717
API scores in 2010
in districts with similar attendance
Union Elementary (4,583.80) 905
Buckeye Union Elementary (4,571.90) 887
Central Elementary (4,681.10) 821
Atascadero Unified (4,596.50) 804
Center Joint Unified (4,683.10) 786
San Ysidro Elementary (4,701.90) 782
Tulare Joint Union High (4,635.70) 718
API scores in 2010 in adjacent districts
Outside Creek Elementary 781
Saucelito Elementary 777
Exeter Union Elementary 763
Kit Carson Union Elementary 760
Visalia Unified 759
Delano Joint Union High 748
Exeter Union High 745
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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