California school district spending and test scores

Hanford Joint 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 Hanford Joint Union High compare to other California districts?

Spending per student

$7,717   Median: $8,234

API score in 2010

707   Median: 783

$7,717 spent per student ($27.6 million total expenditures)

Districts with similar spending per student
West Side Union Elementary $7,727
Columbia Elementary $7,719
Edison Elementary $7,718
Hanford Joint Union High $7,717
Winship-Robbins School District $7,715
Wilsona Elementary $7,714
Millville Elementary $7,712
Spending per student
in districts with similar attendance
Tamalpais Union High (3,593.20) $15,100
Goleta Union Elementary (3,563.40) $10,310
Santa Paula Elementary (3,516.10) $8,867
Fillmore Unified (3,629.20) $7,907
South Whittier Elementary (3,592.70) $7,768
Hanford Joint Union High (3,577.20) $7,717
Brawley Elementary (3,574.20) $7,605
Spending per student in adjacent districts
Central Union Elementary $10,172
Traver Joint Elementary $9,763
Tulare Joint Union High $9,473
Riverdale Joint Unified $8,578
Corcoran Joint Unified $8,458
Lemoore Union High $8,057
Laton Joint Unified $8,032
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707 API score in 2010

Districts with similar API scores in 2010
Orange Center Elementary 708
Sunnyside Union Elementary 708
Hayward Unified 707
Hanford Joint Union High 707
Arvin Union Elementary 706
Lamont Elementary 706
Bakersfield City Elementary 706
API scores in 2010
in districts with similar attendance
Goleta Union Elementary (3,563.40) 865
Tamalpais Union High (3,593.20) 862
Santa Paula Elementary (3,516.10) 777
Brawley Elementary (3,574.20) 751
Fillmore Unified (3,629.20) 720
South Whittier Elementary (3,592.70) 720
Hanford Joint Union High (3,577.20) 707
API scores in 2010 in adjacent districts
Island Union Elementary 828
Central Union Elementary 825
Oak Valley Union Elementary 802
Riverdale Joint Unified 795
Visalia Unified 759
Kingsburg Joint Union High 759
Lemoore Union Elementary 743
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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