California school district spending and test scores

Southern Humboldt 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 Southern Humboldt Joint Unified compare to other California districts?

Spending per student

$10,750   Median: $8,234

API score in 2010

769   Median: 783

$10,750 spent per student ($7.7 million total expenditures)

Districts with similar spending per student
Maricopa Unified $10,844
Upper Lake Union High $10,785
Alpaugh Unified $10,751
Southern Humboldt Joint Unified $10,750
Douglas City Elementary $10,726
Scott Valley Unified $10,703
Newport-Mesa Unified $10,669
Spending per student
in districts with similar attendance
Coast Unified (717.00) $13,775
Southern Humboldt Joint Unified (716.60) $10,750
Cardiff Elementary (712.60) $9,631
Keyes Union Elementary (726.50) $8,254
Sonora Elementary (704.90) $7,184
Mark Twain Union Elementary (724.60) $6,749
North County Joint Union Elementary (713.60) $6,711
Spending per student in adjacent districts
Mattole Unified $31,771
Leggett Valley Unified $22,446
Southern Trinity Joint Unified $18,924
Bridgeville Elementary $16,169
Laytonville Unified $11,098
Southern Humboldt Joint Unified $10,750
Fortuna Union High $8,515
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769 API score in 2010

Districts with similar API scores in 2010
Vacaville Unified 769
Covina-Valley Unified 769
Tres Pinos Union Elementary 769
Southern Humboldt Joint Unified 769
Blue Lake Union Elementary 768
Rim of The World Unified 767
Escalon Unified 767
API scores in 2010
in districts with similar attendance
Cardiff Elementary (712.60) 931
Sonora Elementary (704.90) 834
North County Joint Union Elementary (713.60) 830
Mark Twain Union Elementary (724.60) 794
Coast Unified (717.00) 785
Southern Humboldt Joint Unified (716.60) 769
Keyes Union Elementary (726.50) 728
API scores in 2010 in adjacent districts
Rio Dell Elementary 831
Scotia Union Elementary 808
Southern Humboldt Joint Unified 769
Bridgeville Elementary 756
Southern Trinity Joint Unified 752
Leggett Valley Unified 752
Laytonville Unified 752
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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