California school district spending and test scores

Howell Mountain 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 Howell Mountain Elementary compare to other California districts?

Spending per student

$14,996   Median: $8,234

API score in 2010

783   Median: 783

$14,996 spent per student ($1.6 million total expenditures)

Districts with similar spending per student
Julian Union Elementary $15,219
Surprise Valley Joint Unified $15,207
Tamalpais Union High $15,100
Howell Mountain Elementary $14,996
Trona Joint Unified $14,915
Indian Diggings Elementary $14,913
Manton Joint Union Elementary $14,857
Spending per student
in districts with similar attendance
Leggett Valley Unified (108.80) $22,446
Howell Mountain Elementary (105.00) $14,996
Happy Camp Union Elementary (100.30) $12,863
San Ardo Union Elementary (107.10) $12,068
Mt. Baldy Joint Elementary (101.30) $9,351
Loleta Union Elementary (104.20) $9,331
Magnolia Union Elementary (108.40) $7,907
Spending per student in adjacent districts
Pope Valley Union Elementary $18,908
Saint Helena Unified $17,671
Howell Mountain Elementary $14,996
Calistoga Joint Unified $12,431

783 API score in 2010

Districts with similar API scores in 2010
Yuba City Unified 783
Monroe Elementary 783
Yucaipa-Calimesa Joint Unified 783
Howell Mountain Elementary 783
Pacheco Union Elementary 783
Weaver Union Elementary 782
Calaveras Unified 782
API scores in 2010
in districts with similar attendance
Mt. Baldy Joint Elementary (101.30) 871
Magnolia Union Elementary (108.40) 865
Howell Mountain Elementary (105.00) 783
Leggett Valley Unified (108.80) 752
Loleta Union Elementary (104.20) 721
Happy Camp Union Elementary (100.30) 625
San Ardo Union Elementary (107.10) 602
API scores in 2010 in adjacent districts
Saint Helena Unified 793
Howell Mountain Elementary 783
Calistoga Joint Unified 758
Pope Valley Union Elementary 736
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