California school district spending and test scores

Harmony Union 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 Harmony Union Elementary compare to other California districts?

Spending per student

$11,353   Median: $8,234

API score in 2010

863   Median: 783

$11,353 spent per student ($2.6 million total expenditures)

Districts with similar spending per student
Plumas Unified $11,572
Blochman Union Elementary $11,493
Castle Rock Union Elementary $11,493
Harmony Union Elementary $11,353
Tahoe-Truckee Joint Unified $11,323
Chawanakee Unified $11,287
Summerville Union High $11,266
Spending per student
in districts with similar attendance
Big Valley Joint Unified (213.80) $11,704
Harmony Union Elementary (225.20) $11,353
Princeton Joint Unified (212.10) $10,103
Lucerne Elementary (237.30) $8,673
Millville Elementary (237.00) $7,712
Johnstonville Elementary (213.70) $6,611
Clay Joint Elementary (229.00) $6,367
Spending per student in adjacent districts
Shoreline Unified $17,791
Monte Rio Union Elementary $14,280
Harmony Union Elementary $11,353
Sebastopol Union Elementary $8,809
Forestville Union Elementary $8,194
Twin Hills Union Elementary $7,453
Oak Grove Union Elementary $7,427

863 API score in 2010

Districts with similar API scores in 2010
Evergreen Union Elementary 864
Pleasant Valley School 863
Plainsburg Union Elementary 863
Harmony Union Elementary 863
Lammersville Elementary 862
Bonny Doon Union Elementary 862
Oak View Union Elementary 862
API scores in 2010
in districts with similar attendance
Millville Elementary (237.00) 906
Clay Joint Elementary (229.00) 871
Harmony Union Elementary (225.20) 863
Johnstonville Elementary (213.70) 800
Big Valley Joint Unified (213.80) 770
Lucerne Elementary (237.30) 763
Princeton Joint Unified (212.10) 729
API scores in 2010 in adjacent districts
Monte Rio Union Elementary 872
Harmony Union Elementary 863
Oak Grove Union Elementary 843
Twin Hills Union Elementary 840
Forestville Union Elementary 814
Shoreline Unified 792
Sebastopol Union Elementary 792
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