California school district spending and test scores

Happy Valley 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 Happy Valley Elementary compare to other California districts?

Spending per student

$10,387   Median: $8,234

API score in 2010

941   Median: 783

$10,387 spent per student ($1.3 million total expenditures)

Districts with similar spending per student
Yreka Union High $10,434
Buellton Union Elementary $10,410
Two Rock Union Elementary $10,406
Happy Valley Elementary $10,387
Trinity Alps Unified $10,365
Latrobe Elementary $10,363
Silver Valley Unified $10,360
Spending per student
in districts with similar attendance
Alexander Valley Union Elementary (125.90) $11,640
Mckittrick Elementary (122.20) $11,050
Happy Valley Elementary (122.30) $10,387
Mountain Elementary (124.00) $10,150
Round Valley Joint Elementary (119.70) $8,580
Knights Ferry Elementary (127.50) $7,827
Gratton Elementary (120.00) $7,472
Spending per student in adjacent districts
Los Gatos-Saratoga Joint Union High $11,579
Loma Prieta Joint Union Elementary $11,201
Happy Valley Elementary $10,387
Mountain Elementary $10,150
Soquel Union Elementary $7,556
Scotts Valley Unified $6,880

941 API score in 2010

Districts with similar API scores in 2010
Ballard Elementary 948
Rancho Santa Fe Elementary 946
Moraga Elementary 945
Happy Valley Elementary 941
Kentfield Elementary 940
Ross Elementary 939
Santa Clara Elementary 938
API scores in 2010
in districts with similar attendance
Happy Valley Elementary (122.30) 941
Mountain Elementary (124.00) 909
Alexander Valley Union Elementary (125.90) 894
Gratton Elementary (120.00) 887
Mckittrick Elementary (122.20) 846
Knights Ferry Elementary (127.50) 834
Round Valley Joint Elementary (119.70) 829
API scores in 2010 in adjacent districts
Happy Valley Elementary 941
Loma Prieta Joint Union Elementary 935
Mountain Elementary 909
Los Gatos-Saratoga Joint Union High 898
Scotts Valley Unified 879
Soquel Union Elementary 828
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