California school district spending and test scores

Hesperia 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 Hesperia Unified compare to other California districts?

Spending per student

$7,441   Median: $8,234

API score in 2010

744   Median: 783

$7,441 spent per student ($148.7 million total expenditures)

Districts with similar spending per student
Patterson Joint Unified $7,447
Millbrae Elementary $7,447
Madera Unified $7,442
Hesperia Unified $7,441
Temple City Unified $7,440
Gustine Unified $7,437
Castro Valley Unified $7,429
Spending per student
in districts with similar attendance
Hayward Unified (19,751.30) $8,962
Hacienda La Puente Unified (20,473.20) $8,356
Norwalk-La Mirada Unified (19,932.30) $8,301
ABC Unified (19,897.70) $7,815
Conejo Valley Unified (20,370.60) $7,687
Redlands Unified (20,211.80) $7,536
Hesperia Unified (19,990.60) $7,441
Spending per student in adjacent districts
San Bernardino City Unified $10,175
Victor Valley Union High $8,801
Rim of The World Unified $7,875
Apple Valley Unified $7,569
Hesperia Unified $7,441
Snowline Joint Unified $6,916
Adelanto Elementary $6,874
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744 API score in 2010

Districts with similar API scores in 2010
Standard Elementary 745
Fortuna Union High 744
Galt Joint Union High 744
Hesperia Unified 744
American Union Elementary 743
Adelanto Elementary 743
Anderson Union High 743
API scores in 2010
in districts with similar attendance
Conejo Valley Unified (20,370.60) 866
ABC Unified (19,897.70) 822
Redlands Unified (20,211.80) 800
Hacienda La Puente Unified (20,473.20) 791
Norwalk-La Mirada Unified (19,932.30) 754
Hesperia Unified (19,990.60) 744
Hayward Unified (19,751.30) 707
API scores in 2010 in adjacent districts
Victor Elementary 809
Snowline Joint Unified 797
Apple Valley Unified 770
Rim of The World Unified 767
Hesperia Unified 744
Adelanto Elementary 743
San Bernardino City Unified 699
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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