California school district spending and test scores

Coalinga-Huron Joint 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 Coalinga-Huron Joint Unified compare to other California districts?

Spending per student

$8,245   Median: $8,234

API score in 2010

697   Median: 783

$8,245 spent per student ($32.7 million total expenditures)

Districts with similar spending per student
Chula Vista Elementary $8,249
San Bruno Park Elementary $8,248
Azusa Unified $8,248
Coalinga-Huron Joint Unified $8,245
Delhi Unified $8,234
Rialto Unified $8,231
Santa Maria Joint Union High $8,229
Spending per student
in districts with similar attendance
Moreland Elementary (3,974.80) $9,183
Cutler-Orosi Joint Unified (3,973.90) $8,950
Coalinga-Huron Joint Unified (3,971.60) $8,245
Galt Joint Union Elementary (3,924.60) $7,867
Cypress Elementary (3,911.70) $7,395
Amador County Unified (3,962.10) $7,093
Rescue Union Elementary (3,984.50) $6,593
Spending per student in adjacent districts
San Lucas Union Elementary $19,045
Bitterwater-Tully Union Elementary $14,453
Panoche Elementary $14,232
San Ardo Union Elementary $12,068
Shandon Joint Unified $11,188
Central Union Elementary $10,172
Westside Elementary $9,920
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697 API score in 2010

Districts with similar API scores in 2010
Farmersville Unified 698
Kneeland Elementary 698
Corning Union High 697
Coalinga-Huron Joint Unified 697
Victor Valley Union High 696
West Contra Costa Unified 696
Soledad Unified 696
API scores in 2010
in districts with similar attendance
Rescue Union Elementary (3,984.50) 888
Cypress Elementary (3,911.70) 877
Moreland Elementary (3,974.80) 870
Galt Joint Union Elementary (3,924.60) 811
Amador County Unified (3,962.10) 787
Coalinga-Huron Joint Unified (3,971.60) 697
Cutler-Orosi Joint Unified (3,973.90) 665
API scores in 2010 in adjacent districts
Panoche Elementary N/A
Bitterwater-Tully Union Elementary 855
Central Union Elementary 825
Riverdale Joint Unified 795
Shandon Joint Unified 755
San Benito High 740
Mendota Unified 740
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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