California school district spending and test scores

Wheatland 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 Wheatland Union High compare to other California districts?

Spending per student

$8,378   Median: $8,234

API score in 2010

733   Median: 783

$8,378 spent per student ($5.7 million total expenditures)

Districts with similar spending per student
Lawndale Elementary $8,390
Woodville Union Elementary $8,388
Chowchilla Union High $8,384
Wheatland Union High $8,378
Nevada City Elementary $8,376
San Antonio Union Elementary $8,376
Lakeport Unified $8,372
Spending per student
in districts with similar attendance
Rancho Santa Fe Elementary (664.30) $14,287
San Pasqual Valley Unified (689.20) $14,028
Richgrove Elementary (690.80) $10,998
Scott Valley Unified (670.50) $10,703
Wheatland Union High (686.00) $8,378
Fortuna Union Elementary (668.10) $7,999
Hart-Ransom Union Elementary (687.10) $7,340
Spending per student in adjacent districts
Ready Springs Union Elementary $10,278
Marcum-Illinois Union Elementary $9,941
East Nicolaus Joint Union High $9,397
Nevada Joint Union High $8,707
Wheatland Union High $8,378
Pleasant Valley Elementary $8,107
Marysville Joint Unified $7,916
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733 API score in 2010

Districts with similar API scores in 2010
New Hope Elementary 733
Madera Unified 733
Paramount Unified 733
Wheatland Union High 733
Sonoma Valley Unified 733
Dinuba Unified 733
Woodland Joint Unified 733
API scores in 2010
in districts with similar attendance
Rancho Santa Fe Elementary (664.30) 946
Hart-Ransom Union Elementary (687.10) 808
Scott Valley Unified (670.50) 806
Fortuna Union Elementary (668.10) 770
Wheatland Union High (686.00) 733
Richgrove Elementary (690.80) 682
San Pasqual Valley Unified (689.20) 657
API scores in 2010 in adjacent districts
Pleasant Ridge Union Elementary 857
Browns Elementary 853
Clear Creek Elementary 829
Pleasant Valley Elementary 819
Western Placer Unified 816
Marcum-Illinois Union Elementary 812
Nevada Joint Union High 801
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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