California school district spending and test scores

William S. Hart 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 William S. Hart Union High compare to other California districts?

Spending per student

$7,507   Median: $8,234

API score in 2010

824   Median: 783

$7,507 spent per student ($165.0 million total expenditures)

Districts with similar spending per student
Folsom-Cordova Unified $7,515
Gold Trail Union Elementary $7,515
Yreka Union Elementary $7,507
William S. Hart Union High $7,507
Torrance Unified $7,505
Fairfield-Suisun Unified $7,496
Arvin Union Elementary $7,495
Spending per student
in districts with similar attendance
Antelope Valley Union High (21,628.00) $8,604
Ontario-Montclair Elementary (22,090.50) $8,340
Colton Joint Unified (22,137.90) $7,936
Downey Unified (21,745.10) $7,572
William S. Hart Union High (21,980.20) $7,507
Tustin Unified (21,589.20) $7,096
Manteca Unified (21,991.50) $6,622
Spending per student in adjacent districts
Gorman Elementary $12,780
Los Angeles Unified $10,015
Hughes-Elizabeth Lakes Union Elementary $9,235
Antelope Valley Union High $8,604
Acton-Agua Dulce Unified $7,931
Fillmore Unified $7,907
William S. Hart Union High $7,507
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824 API score in 2010

Districts with similar API scores in 2010
Culver City Unified 824
Berryessa Union Elementary 824
Valle Lindo Elementary 824
William S. Hart Union High 824
East Whittier City Elementary 824
Sylvan Union Elementary 824
Pleasant Grove Joint Union Elementary 823
API scores in 2010
in districts with similar attendance
Tustin Unified (21,589.20) 850
William S. Hart Union High (21,980.20) 824
Downey Unified (21,745.10) 771
Manteca Unified (21,991.50) 750
Ontario-Montclair Elementary (22,090.50) 740
Colton Joint Unified (22,137.90) 710
Antelope Valley Union High (21,628.00) 671
API scores in 2010 in adjacent districts
Hughes-Elizabeth Lakes Union Elementary 881
Westside Union Elementary 829
William S. Hart Union High 824
Simi Valley Unified 816
Gorman Elementary 784
Acton-Agua Dulce Unified 758
Fillmore Unified 720
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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