California school district spending and test scores

Huntington Beach City 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 Huntington Beach City Elementary compare to other California districts?

Spending per student

$7,178   Median: $8,234

API score in 2010

889   Median: 783

$7,178 spent per student ($47.5 million total expenditures)

Districts with similar spending per student
Pond Union Elementary $7,183
Yuba City Unified $7,180
Union Hill Elementary $7,178
Huntington Beach City 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
San Luis Coastal Unified (6,713.10) $9,781
Newark Unified (6,578.30) $8,089
Washington Unified (6,792.50) $7,975
El Dorado Union High (6,517.70) $7,846
Culver City Unified (6,489.40) $7,599
Liberty Union High (6,751.90) $7,519
Huntington Beach City Elementary (6,620.60) $7,178
Spending per student in adjacent districts
Newport-Mesa Unified $10,669
Long Beach Unified $8,719
Ocean View Elementary $7,874
Huntington Beach City Elementary $7,178
Fountain Valley Elementary $6,981
Los Alamitos Unified $6,878

889 API score in 2010

Districts with similar API scores in 2010
Fountain Valley Elementary 892
North Cow Creek Elementary 890
Grant Elementary 890
Huntington Beach City Elementary 889
Coronado Unified 888
Rescue Union Elementary 888
Buckeye Union Elementary 887
API scores in 2010
in districts with similar attendance
Huntington Beach City Elementary (6,620.60) 889
San Luis Coastal Unified (6,713.10) 830
El Dorado Union High (6,517.70) 829
Culver City Unified (6,489.40) 824
Newark Unified (6,578.30) 762
Liberty Union High (6,751.90) 747
Washington Unified (6,792.50) 741
API scores in 2010 in adjacent districts
Los Alamitos Unified 904
Fountain Valley Elementary 892
Huntington Beach City Elementary 889
Ocean View Elementary 857
Newport-Mesa Unified 820
Long Beach Unified 759
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