California school district spending and test scores

Huntington Beach 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 Huntington Beach Union High compare to other California districts?

Spending per student

$8,284   Median: $8,234

API score in 2010

827   Median: 783

$8,284 spent per student ($127.6 million total expenditures)

Districts with similar spending per student
Cascade Union Elementary $8,299
Wilmar Union Elementary $8,293
Montebello Unified $8,292
Huntington Beach Union High $8,284
Sierra Sands Unified $8,283
Mt. Pleasant Elementary $8,278
Palermo Union Elementary $8,278
Spending per student
in districts with similar attendance
Huntington Beach Union High (15,399.80) $8,284
Baldwin Park Unified (15,254.10) $8,155
Rowland Unified (15,389.50) $8,088
Lynwood Unified (15,549.10) $8,061
Cajon Valley Union Elementary (15,114.90) $7,888
Panama-Buena Vista Union Elementary (15,753.80) $7,136
Tracy Joint Unified (15,474.10) $7,129
Spending per student in adjacent districts
Newport-Mesa Unified $10,669
Long Beach Unified $8,719
Santa Ana Unified $8,396
Huntington Beach Union High $8,284
Garden Grove Unified $8,193
Los Alamitos Unified $6,878

827 API score in 2010

Districts with similar API scores in 2010
Soquel Union Elementary 828
Snelling-Merced Falls Union Elementary 827
Novato Unified 827
Huntington Beach Union High 827
Mountain View-Whisman Elementary 826
San Lorenzo Valley Unified 825
Mendocino Unified 825
API scores in 2010
in districts with similar attendance
Huntington Beach Union High (15,399.80) 827
Rowland Unified (15,389.50) 792
Panama-Buena Vista Union Elementary (15,753.80) 790
Cajon Valley Union Elementary (15,114.90) 785
Tracy Joint Unified (15,474.10) 756
Baldwin Park Unified (15,254.10) 735
Lynwood Unified (15,549.10) 689
API scores in 2010 in adjacent districts
Los Alamitos Unified 904
Huntington Beach Union High 827
Newport-Mesa Unified 820
Garden Grove Unified 802
Long Beach Unified 759
Santa Ana Unified 723
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