California school district spending and test scores

Hornbrook 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 Hornbrook Elementary compare to other California districts?

Spending per student

$16,958   Median: $8,234

API score in 2010

759   Median: 783

$16,958 spent per student ($649,825 total expenditures)

Districts with similar spending per student
Nicasio Elementary $17,059
Cold Spring Elementary $17,035
Portola Valley Elementary $16,981
Hornbrook Elementary $16,958
Camptonville Elementary $16,957
Montgomery Elementary $16,539
French Gulch-Whiskeytown Elementary $16,512
Spending per student
in districts with similar attendance
Owens Valley Unified (38.20) $39,228
Big Creek Elementary (40.40) $20,875
Fort Ross Elementary (37.80) $17,123
Hornbrook Elementary (38.30) $16,958
Camptonville Elementary (43.00) $16,957
Citrus South Tule Elementary (42.60) $12,381
Graves Elementary (36.60) $8,723
Spending per student in adjacent districts
Bogus Elementary $25,772
Hornbrook Elementary $16,958
Klamath River Union Elementary $14,400
Willow Creek Elementary $10,331
Montague Elementary $9,229
Yreka Union Elementary $7,507

759 API score in 2010

Districts with similar API scores in 2010
Winters Joint Unified 759
Morongo Unified 759
Brittan Elementary 759
Hornbrook Elementary 759
Kingsburg Joint Union High 759
Montague Elementary 759
Trinity Alps Unified 759
API scores in 2010
in districts with similar attendance
Big Creek Elementary (40.40) 862
Graves Elementary (36.60) 839
Camptonville Elementary (43.00) 790
Fort Ross Elementary (37.80) 767
Hornbrook Elementary (38.30) 759
Owens Valley Unified (38.20) 754
Citrus South Tule Elementary (42.60) 545
API scores in 2010 in adjacent districts
Bogus Elementary N/A
Yreka Union Elementary 796
Montague Elementary 759
Hornbrook Elementary 759
Klamath River Union Elementary 735
Willow Creek Elementary 722
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