California school district spending and test scores

Hayward 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 Hayward Unified compare to other California districts?

Spending per student

$8,962   Median: $8,234

API score in 2010

707   Median: 783

$8,962 spent per student ($177.0 million total expenditures)

Districts with similar spending per student
Encinitas Union Elementary $8,979
Sacramento City Unified $8,972
Hope Elementary $8,971
Hayward Unified $8,962
Bishop Union Elementary $8,959
Cutler-Orosi Joint Unified $8,950
Ross Valley Elementary $8,947
Spending per student
in districts with similar attendance
Hayward Unified (19,751.30) $8,962
Norwalk-La Mirada Unified (19,932.30) $8,301
ABC Unified (19,897.70) $7,815
Palmdale Elementary (19,572.30) $7,615
Jurupa Unified (19,354.70) $7,601
Hesperia Unified (19,990.60) $7,441
Simi Valley Unified (19,431.10) $7,300
Spending per student in adjacent districts
Sequoia Union High $12,273
San Mateo Union High $11,703
Oakland Unified $10,958
Belmont-Redwood Shores Elementary $9,056
Hayward Unified $8,962
San Bruno Park Elementary $8,248
New Haven Unified $8,182
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707 API score in 2010

Districts with similar API scores in 2010
Orange Center Elementary 708
Sunnyside Union Elementary 708
Hanford Joint Union High 707
Hayward Unified 707
Bakersfield City Elementary 706
Arvin Union Elementary 706
Lamont Elementary 706
API scores in 2010
in districts with similar attendance
ABC Unified (19,897.70) 822
Simi Valley Unified (19,431.10) 816
Norwalk-La Mirada Unified (19,932.30) 754
Hesperia Unified (19,990.60) 744
Jurupa Unified (19,354.70) 743
Palmdale Elementary (19,572.30) 726
Hayward Unified (19,751.30) 707
API scores in 2010 in adjacent districts
Belmont-Redwood Shores Elementary 904
Millbrae Elementary 880
Castro Valley Unified 854
San Bruno Park Elementary 820
San Mateo Union High 795
Sequoia Union High 780
New Haven Unified 777
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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