California school district spending and test scores

Hughson 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 Hughson Unified compare to other California districts?

Spending per student

$7,791   Median: $8,234

API score in 2010

774   Median: 783

$7,791 spent per student ($16.1 million total expenditures)

Districts with similar spending per student
El Tejon Unified $7,803
West Covina Unified $7,800
Little Lake City Elementary $7,793
Hughson Unified $7,791
Gridley Unified $7,782
Fontana Unified $7,781
Escalon Unified $7,779
Spending per student
in districts with similar attendance
Galt Joint Union High (2,113.90) $8,615
Red Bluff Union Elementary (2,039.20) $8,423
Hughson Unified (2,070.20) $7,791
King City Union Elementary (2,043.90) $7,464
Millbrae Elementary (2,100.40) $7,447
Auburn Union Elementary (2,034.10) $7,392
Fairfax Elementary (2,079.70) $7,088
Spending per student in adjacent districts
Waterford Unified $8,871
Denair Unified $8,700
Keyes Union Elementary $8,254
Ceres Unified $7,901
Empire Union Elementary $7,901
Turlock Unified $7,860
Hughson Unified $7,791
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774 API score in 2010

Districts with similar API scores in 2010
Atwater Elementary 774
Linden Unified 774
Cucamonga Elementary 774
Hughson Unified 774
Burton Elementary 774
Lagunitas Elementary 774
Lakeside Union Elementary 773
API scores in 2010
in districts with similar attendance
Millbrae Elementary (2,100.40) 880
Auburn Union Elementary (2,034.10) 815
Red Bluff Union Elementary (2,039.20) 786
Hughson Unified (2,070.20) 774
Galt Joint Union High (2,113.90) 744
King City Union Elementary (2,043.90) 701
Fairfax Elementary (2,079.70) 657
API scores in 2010 in adjacent districts
Gratton Elementary 887
Hickman Community Charter 852
Waterford Unified 782
Empire Union Elementary 778
Hughson Unified 774
Turlock Unified 760
Ceres Unified 754
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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