California school district spending and test scores

Hawthorne 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 Hawthorne Elementary compare to other California districts?

Spending per student

$7,806   Median: $8,234

API score in 2010

785   Median: 783

$7,806 spent per student ($63.4 million total expenditures)

Districts with similar spending per student
San Pasqual Union Elementary $7,812
Savanna Elementary $7,809
Soledad Unified $7,807
Hawthorne Elementary $7,806
La Habra City Elementary $7,805
Grant Elementary $7,805
Salida Union Elementary $7,804
Spending per student
in districts with similar attendance
San Mateo Union High (7,994.10) $11,703
Mountain View Elementary (7,995.50) $9,232
Hawthorne Elementary (8,117.30) $7,806
Greenfield Union Elementary (8,049.80) $7,559
Berryessa Union Elementary (8,139.90) $7,264
Snowline Joint Unified (8,129.90) $6,916
Lincoln Unified (8,299.20) $6,895
Spending per student in adjacent districts
Los Angeles Unified $10,015
Lennox Elementary $9,759
Inglewood Unified $8,931
Lawndale Elementary $8,390
Hawthorne Elementary $7,806
Wiseburn Elementary $6,884

785 API score in 2010

Districts with similar API scores in 2010
Cajon Valley Union Elementary 785
Vista Unified 785
Cabrillo Unified 785
Hawthorne Elementary 785
San Diego Unified 785
Rio Bravo-Greeley Union Elementary 785
Coast Unified 785
API scores in 2010
in districts with similar attendance
Berryessa Union Elementary (8,139.90) 824
Snowline Joint Unified (8,129.90) 797
San Mateo Union High (7,994.10) 795
Lincoln Unified (8,299.20) 788
Hawthorne Elementary (8,117.30) 785
Greenfield Union Elementary (8,049.80) 758
Mountain View Elementary (7,995.50) 732
API scores in 2010 in adjacent districts
Wiseburn Elementary 843
Lawndale Elementary 794
Hawthorne Elementary 785
Lennox Elementary 754
Inglewood Unified 711
Los Angeles Unified 709
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