California school district spending and test scores

Hillsborough City 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 Hillsborough City Elementary compare to other California districts?

Spending per student

$13,484   Median: $8,234

API score in 2010

967   Median: 783

$13,484 spent per student ($19.6 million total expenditures)

Districts with similar spending per student
Emery Unified $13,680
Caliente Union Elementary $13,643
Dunsmuir Joint Union High $13,634
Hillsborough City Elementary $13,484
Dehesa Elementary $13,394
Palo Alto Unified $13,376
Sierra-Plumas Joint Unified $13,365
Spending per student
in districts with similar attendance
Hillsborough City Elementary (1,454.70) $13,484
Roseland Elementary (1,460.10) $10,059
Cloverdale Unified (1,431.60) $8,785
Riverdale Joint Unified (1,458.70) $8,578
Cascade Union Elementary (1,336.90) $8,299
Wright Elementary (1,418.30) $8,040
Wilsona Elementary (1,459.00) $7,714
Spending per student in adjacent districts
Hillsborough City Elementary $13,484
San Mateo-Foster City Elementary $7,778
Burlingame Elementary $7,356

967 API score in 2010

Districts with similar API scores in 2010
Hillsborough City Elementary 967
Los Altos Elementary 965
Saratoga Union Elementary 965
Las Lomitas Elementary 963
Lakeside Joint Elementary 963
Del Mar Union Elementary 961
Orinda Union Elementary 954
API scores in 2010
in districts with similar attendance
Hillsborough City Elementary (1,454.70) 967
Wright Elementary (1,418.30) 838
Riverdale Joint Unified (1,458.70) 795
Roseland Elementary (1,460.10) 779
Cascade Union Elementary (1,336.90) 748
Cloverdale Unified (1,431.60) 739
Wilsona Elementary (1,459.00) 714
API scores in 2010 in adjacent districts
Hillsborough City Elementary 967
Burlingame Elementary 892
San Mateo-Foster City Elementary 840
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