California school district spending and test scores

Union Hill Elementary 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 Union Hill Elementary compare to other California districts?

Spending per student

$7,178   Median: $8,234

API score in 2010

840   Median: 783

$7,178 spent per student ($4.6 million total expenditures)

Districts with similar spending per student
Pond Union Elementary $7,183
Yuba City Unified $7,180
Huntington Beach City Elementary $7,178
Union Hill Elementary $7,178
Tulare City Elementary $7,174
Liberty Elementary $7,168
Pleasant Valley School $7,167
Spending per student
in districts with similar attendance
Yreka Union High (632.20) $10,434
Siskiyou Union High (654.20) $10,153
Helendale Elementary (619.00) $8,106
Chatom Union Elementary (654.70) $7,918
Rohnerville Elementary (628.20) $7,345
Union Hill Elementary (643.60) $7,178
Kings River-Hardwick Union Elementary (652.50) $6,593
Spending per student in adjacent districts
Grass Valley Elementary $8,136
Union Hill Elementary $7,178

840 API score in 2010

Districts with similar API scores in 2010
Janesville Union Elementary 840
Brentwood Union Elementary 840
Bonita Unified 840
Union Hill Elementary 840
Twin Hills Union Elementary 840
Rosemead Elementary 840
Castaic Union Elementary 840
API scores in 2010
in districts with similar attendance
Union Hill Elementary (643.60) 840
Kings River-Hardwick Union Elementary (652.50) 806
Rohnerville Elementary (628.20) 797
Yreka Union High (632.20) 787
Chatom Union Elementary (654.70) 770
Siskiyou Union High (654.20) 755
Helendale Elementary (619.00) 753
API scores in 2010 in adjacent districts
Union Hill Elementary 840
Grass Valley Elementary 780
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