California school district spending and test scores

Kern 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 Kern Union High compare to other California districts?

Spending per student

$9,109   Median: $8,234

API score in 2010

708   Median: 783

$9,109 spent per student ($310.0 million total expenditures)

Districts with similar spending per student
Jamestown Elementary $9,177
Kit Carson Union Elementary $9,173
Fremont Union High $9,172
Kern Union High $9,109
Livingston Union Elementary $9,104
Mariposa County Unified $9,101
Earlimart Elementary $9,099
Spending per student
in districts with similar attendance
Oakland Unified (35,825.90) $10,958
Stockton Unified (34,144.00) $9,240
Kern Union High (34,031.70) $9,109
Mt. Diablo Unified (32,471.90) $8,199
Anaheim Union High (31,281.10) $8,168
Moreno Valley Unified (34,136.60) $7,688
Poway Unified (32,555.50) $7,216
Spending per student in adjacent districts
Belridge Elementary $42,094
Hot Springs Elementary $24,183
Taft Union High $21,932
Midway Elementary $21,888
Gorman Elementary $12,780
Elk Hills Elementary $11,719
Mckittrick Elementary $11,050
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708 API score in 2010

Districts with similar API scores in 2010
Sunnyside Union Elementary 708
Trona Joint Unified 708
Orange Center Elementary 708
Kern Union High 708
Big Springs Union Elementary 708
Hayward Unified 707
Hanford Joint Union High 707
API scores in 2010
in districts with similar attendance
Poway Unified (32,555.50) 883
Mt. Diablo Unified (32,471.90) 784
Anaheim Union High (31,281.10) 748
Oakland Unified (35,825.90) 719
Moreno Valley Unified (34,136.60) 716
Kern Union High (34,031.70) 708
Stockton Unified (34,144.00) 671
API scores in 2010 in adjacent districts
Mckittrick Elementary 846
Westside Union Elementary 829
Belridge Elementary 815
Midway Elementary 797
Sierra Sands Unified 788
Gorman Elementary 784
Tehachapi Unified 778
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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