California school district spending and test scores

Hacienda La Puente 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 Hacienda La Puente Unified compare to other California districts?

Spending per student

$8,356   Median: $8,234

API score in 2010

791   Median: 783

$8,356 spent per student ($171.1 million total expenditures)

Districts with similar spending per student
El Monte City Elementary $8,370
Shaffer Union Elementary $8,362
Albany City Unified $8,356
Hacienda La Puente Unified $8,356
San Marino Unified $8,350
El Centro Elementary $8,346
Magnolia Elementary $8,341
Spending per student
in districts with similar attendance
Newport-Mesa Unified (20,699.50) $10,669
Hacienda La Puente Unified (20,473.20) $8,356
Hemet Unified (20,812.80) $8,199
Conejo Valley Unified (20,370.60) $7,687
Redlands Unified (20,211.80) $7,536
Fairfield-Suisun Unified (20,620.00) $7,496
Hesperia Unified (19,990.60) $7,441
Spending per student in adjacent districts
East Whittier City Elementary $9,584
Bassett Unified $9,516
Fullerton Joint Union High $8,766
Whittier Union High $8,393
Hacienda La Puente Unified $8,356
Rowland Unified $8,088
West Covina Unified $7,800
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791 API score in 2010

Districts with similar API scores in 2010
Middletown Unified 791
Elk Grove Unified 791
Bear Valley Unified 791
Hacienda La Puente Unified 791
San Francisco Unified 791
Lincoln Elementary 791
East Nicolaus Joint Union High 790
API scores in 2010
in districts with similar attendance
Conejo Valley Unified (20,370.60) 866
Newport-Mesa Unified (20,699.50) 820
Redlands Unified (20,211.80) 800
Hacienda La Puente Unified (20,473.20) 791
Hemet Unified (20,812.80) 753
Fairfield-Suisun Unified (20,620.00) 750
Hesperia Unified (19,990.60) 744
API scores in 2010 in adjacent districts
Lowell Joint Elementary 862
East Whittier City Elementary 824
Fullerton Joint Union High 811
West Covina Unified 798
Rowland Unified 792
Hacienda La Puente Unified 791
Whittier Union High 765
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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