California school district spending and test scores

Hemet 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 Hemet Unified compare to other California districts?

Spending per student

$8,199   Median: $8,234

API score in 2010

753   Median: 783

$8,199 spent per student ($170.6 million total expenditures)

Districts with similar spending per student
Santa Paula Union High $8,208
Desert Sands Unified $8,203
Mt. Diablo Unified $8,199
Hemet Unified $8,199
Winters Joint Unified $8,198
La Canada Unified $8,197
Forestville Union Elementary $8,194
Spending per student
in districts with similar attendance
Newport-Mesa Unified (20,699.50) $10,669
Vista Unified (21,558.60) $8,522
Hacienda La Puente Unified (20,473.20) $8,356
Hemet Unified (20,812.80) $8,199
Lake Elsinore Unified (20,835.00) $7,574
Fairfield-Suisun Unified (20,620.00) $7,496
Murrieta Valley Unified (20,942.30) $7,367
Spending per student in adjacent districts
Warner Unified $15,338
Banning Unified $9,515
Valley Center-Pauma Unified $8,850
Perris Union High $8,601
Hemet Unified $8,199
Palm Springs Unified $8,164
San Jacinto Unified $7,680
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753 API score in 2010

Districts with similar API scores in 2010
Helendale Elementary 753
Kernville Union Elementary 753
Shaffer Union Elementary 753
Hemet Unified 753
Live Oak Elementary 753
Sacramento City Unified 753
Chowchilla Elementary 753
API scores in 2010
in districts with similar attendance
Murrieta Valley Unified (20,942.30) 837
Newport-Mesa Unified (20,699.50) 820
Lake Elsinore Unified (20,835.00) 814
Hacienda La Puente Unified (20,473.20) 791
Vista Unified (21,558.60) 785
Hemet Unified (20,812.80) 753
Fairfield-Suisun Unified (20,620.00) 750
API scores in 2010 in adjacent districts
Temecula Valley Unified 856
Menifee Union Elementary 828
Valley Center-Pauma Unified 800
Romoland Elementary 775
Nuview Union Elementary 771
Hemet Unified 753
Palm Springs Unified 733
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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