California school district spending and test scores

Hope 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 Hope Elementary compare to other California districts?

Spending per student

$8,971   Median: $8,234

API score in 2010

894   Median: 783

$8,971 spent per student ($8.3 million total expenditures)

Districts with similar spending per student
Shasta Union High $8,985
Encinitas Union Elementary $8,979
Sacramento City Unified $8,972
Hope Elementary $8,971
Hayward Unified $8,962
Bishop Union Elementary $8,959
Cutler-Orosi Joint Unified $8,950
Spending per student
in districts with similar attendance
West Fresno Elementary (926.00) $9,934
Hope Elementary (927.70) $8,971
Lucerne Valley Unified (928.80) $8,892
Columbia Elementary (945.20) $7,719
Armona Union Elementary (924.60) $7,366
Rio Bravo-Greeley Union Elementary (926.00) $6,995
Spreckels Union Elementary (933.80) $6,322
Spending per student in adjacent districts
College Elementary $17,382
Goleta Union Elementary $10,310
Santa Ynez Valley Union High $9,547
Hope Elementary $8,971

894 API score in 2010

Districts with similar API scores in 2010
Loomis Union Elementary 895
Alexander Valley Union Elementary 894
Southside Elementary 894
Hope Elementary 894
Burlingame Elementary 892
Fountain Valley Elementary 892
North Cow Creek Elementary 890
API scores in 2010
in districts with similar attendance
Hope Elementary (927.70) 894
Spreckels Union Elementary (933.80) 855
Columbia Elementary (945.20) 841
Rio Bravo-Greeley Union Elementary (926.00) 785
Armona Union Elementary (924.60) 715
West Fresno Elementary (926.00) 700
Lucerne Valley Unified (928.80) 687
API scores in 2010 in adjacent districts
Hope Elementary 894
Goleta Union Elementary 865
Santa Ynez Valley Union High 836
College Elementary 829
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