California school district spending and test scores

Hart-Ransom 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 Hart-Ransom Union Elementary compare to other California districts?

Spending per student

$7,340   Median: $8,234

API score in 2010

808   Median: 783

$7,340 spent per student ($5.0 million total expenditures)

Districts with similar spending per student
Dunham Elementary $7,348
Walnut Creek Elementary $7,345
Rohnerville Elementary $7,345
Hart-Ransom Union Elementary $7,340
Mckinleyville Union Elementary $7,336
Roseville Joint Union High $7,330
Kerman Unified $7,329
Spending per student
in districts with similar attendance
San Pasqual Valley Unified (689.20) $14,028
Richgrove Elementary (690.80) $10,998
Scott Valley Unified (670.50) $10,703
Wheatland Union High (686.00) $8,378
Laton Joint Unified (697.00) $8,032
Fortuna Union Elementary (668.10) $7,999
Hart-Ransom Union Elementary (687.10) $7,340
Spending per student in adjacent districts
Shiloh Elementary $8,272
Salida Union Elementary $7,804
Paradise Elementary $7,754
Patterson Joint Unified $7,447
Stanislaus Union Elementary $7,353
Hart-Ransom Union Elementary $7,340
Manteca Unified $6,622

808 API score in 2010

Districts with similar API scores in 2010
Piner-Olivet Union Elementary 808
Scotia Union Elementary 808
Shasta Union High 808
Hart-Ransom Union Elementary 808
South San Francisco Unified 808
San Antonio Union Elementary 807
Little Lake City Elementary 807
API scores in 2010
in districts with similar attendance
Hart-Ransom Union Elementary (687.10) 808
Scott Valley Unified (670.50) 806
Fortuna Union Elementary (668.10) 770
Wheatland Union High (686.00) 733
Laton Joint Unified (697.00) 725
Richgrove Elementary (690.80) 682
San Pasqual Valley Unified (689.20) 657
API scores in 2010 in adjacent districts
Paradise Elementary 822
Shiloh Elementary 811
Hart-Ransom Union Elementary 808
Stanislaus Union Elementary 788
Salida Union Elementary 776
Manteca Unified 750
Patterson Joint Unified 730
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