California school district spending and test scores

Antelope Valley 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 Antelope Valley Union High compare to other California districts?

Spending per student

$8,604   Median: $8,234

API score in 2010

671   Median: 783

$8,604 spent per student ($186.1 million total expenditures)

Districts with similar spending per student
Gateway Unified $8,617
Galt Joint Union High $8,615
Sweetwater Union High $8,612
Antelope Valley Union High $8,604
Perris Union High $8,601
Paradise Unified $8,591
Round Valley Joint Elementary $8,580
Spending per student
in districts with similar attendance
Antelope Valley Union High (21,628.00) $8,604
Vista Unified (21,558.60) $8,522
Downey Unified (21,745.10) $7,572
William S. Hart Union High (21,980.20) $7,507
Murrieta Valley Unified (20,942.30) $7,367
Tustin Unified (21,589.20) $7,096
Manteca Unified (21,991.50) $6,622
Spending per student in adjacent districts
Kern Union High $9,109
Muroc Joint Unified $8,860
Victor Valley Union High $8,801
Antelope Valley Union High $8,604
La Canada Unified $8,197
Southern Kern Unified $7,935
Acton-Agua Dulce Unified $7,931
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671 API score in 2010

Districts with similar API scores in 2010
General Shafter Elementary 674
Stockton Unified 671
Guadalupe Union Elementary 671
Antelope Valley Union High 671
Parlier Unified 670
Mojave Unified 670
Buttonwillow Union Elementary 670
API scores in 2010
in districts with similar attendance
Tustin Unified (21,589.20) 850
Murrieta Valley Unified (20,942.30) 837
William S. Hart Union High (21,980.20) 824
Vista Unified (21,558.60) 785
Downey Unified (21,745.10) 771
Manteca Unified (21,991.50) 750
Antelope Valley Union High (21,628.00) 671
API scores in 2010 in adjacent districts
La Canada Unified 933
Saugus Union Elementary 866
Castaic Union Elementary 840
William S. Hart Union High 824
Snowline Joint Unified 797
Muroc Joint Unified 796
Acton-Agua Dulce Unified 758
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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