California school district spending and test scores

Helendale 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 Helendale Elementary compare to other California districts?

Spending per student

$8,106   Median: $8,234

API score in 2010

753   Median: 783

$8,106 spent per student ($5.0 million total expenditures)

Districts with similar spending per student
Firebaugh-Las Deltas Joint Unified $8,108
Pleasant Valley Elementary $8,107
Bear Valley Unified $8,106
Helendale Elementary $8,106
Chico Unified $8,101
Ramona City Unified $8,099
Barstow Unified $8,096
Spending per student
in districts with similar attendance
Yreka Union High (632.20) $10,434
Helendale Elementary (619.00) $8,106
Antelope Elementary (593.90) $7,595
Twin Hills Union Elementary (593.00) $7,453
Rohnerville Elementary (628.20) $7,345
Union Hill Elementary (643.60) $7,178
Gravenstein Union Elementary (594.00) $6,479
Spending per student in adjacent districts
Oro Grande Elementary $33,673
Muroc Joint Unified $8,860
Helendale Elementary $8,106
Barstow Unified $8,096
Adelanto Elementary $6,874

753 API score in 2010

Districts with similar API scores in 2010
Hemet Unified 753
Kernville Union Elementary 753
Shaffer Union Elementary 753
Helendale Elementary 753
Live Oak Elementary 753
Sacramento City Unified 753
Chowchilla Elementary 753
API scores in 2010
in districts with similar attendance
Gravenstein Union Elementary (594.00) 870
Union Hill Elementary (643.60) 840
Twin Hills Union Elementary (593.00) 840
Antelope Elementary (593.90) 816
Rohnerville Elementary (628.20) 797
Yreka Union High (632.20) 787
Helendale Elementary (619.00) 753
API scores in 2010 in adjacent districts
Oro Grande Elementary 829
Muroc Joint Unified 796
Helendale Elementary 753
Adelanto Elementary 743
Barstow Unified 734
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