California school district spending and test scores

Northern Humboldt 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 Northern Humboldt Union High compare to other California districts?

Spending per student

$9,326   Median: $8,234

API score in 2010

787   Median: 783

$9,326 spent per student ($13.8 million total expenditures)

Districts with similar spending per student
Loleta Union Elementary $9,331
Acalanes Union High $9,327
South Fork Union Elementary $9,326
Northern Humboldt Union High $9,326
Grossmont Union High $9,325
Canyon Elementary $9,320
John Swett Unified $9,311
Spending per student
in districts with similar attendance
Roseland Elementary (1,460.10) $10,059
Northern Humboldt Union High (1,475.30) $9,326
Woodlake Union Elementary (1,499.90) $8,802
Riverdale Joint Unified (1,458.70) $8,578
Lakeport Unified (1,487.80) $8,372
Santa Paula Union High (1,476.90) $8,208
Wilsona Elementary (1,459.00) $7,714
Spending per student in adjacent districts
Bridgeville Elementary $16,169
Klamath-Trinity Joint Unified $15,244
Mountain Valley Unified $12,630
Kneeland Elementary $11,723
Burnt Ranch Elementary $11,000
Del Norte County Unified $10,071
South Bay Union Elementary $9,694
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787 API score in 2010

Districts with similar API scores in 2010
Amador County Unified 787
Desert Sands Unified 787
Roberts Ferry Union Elementary 787
Northern Humboldt Union High 787
Ballico-Cressey Elementary 787
Yreka Union High 787
Paso Robles Joint Unified 786
API scores in 2010
in districts with similar attendance
Riverdale Joint Unified (1,458.70) 795
Northern Humboldt Union High (1,475.30) 787
Lakeport Unified (1,487.80) 779
Roseland Elementary (1,460.10) 779
Wilsona Elementary (1,459.00) 714
Woodlake Union Elementary (1,499.90) 711
Santa Paula Union High (1,476.90) 705
API scores in 2010 in adjacent districts
Burnt Ranch Elementary 862
Freshwater Elementary 848
Northern Humboldt Union High 787
Eureka City Unified 766
South Bay Union Elementary 756
Bridgeville Elementary 756
Mountain Valley Unified 754
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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