California school district spending and test scores

Hickman Community Charter 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 Hickman Community Charter compare to other California districts?

Spending per student

$6,192   Median: $8,234

API score in 2010

852   Median: 783

$6,192 spent per student ($6.6 million total expenditures)

Districts with similar spending per student
Dixon Unified $6,287
Maple Elementary $6,248
Solvang Elementary $6,206
Hickman Community Charter $6,192
Rosedale Union Elementary $6,176
Lammersville Elementary $6,170
Norris Elementary $6,112
Spending per student
in districts with similar attendance
Washington Union High (1,073.60) $10,940
Fall River Joint Unified (1,066.80) $10,535
Heber Elementary (1,058.00) $8,059
El Tejon Unified (1,064.90) $7,803
Guadalupe Union Elementary (1,060.90) $7,558
Susanville Elementary (1,068.00) $7,360
Hickman Community Charter (1,065.70) $6,192
Spending per student in adjacent districts
Roberts Ferry Union Elementary $8,899
Waterford Unified $8,871
Denair Unified $8,700
Hughson Unified $7,791
Gratton Elementary $7,472
Hickman Community Charter $6,192

852 API score in 2010

Districts with similar API scores in 2010
Valley Home Joint Elementary 852
Indian Springs Elementary 852
Mountain View-Los Altos Union High 852
Hickman Community Charter 852
Guerneville Elementary 851
Pacific Elementary 850
Tustin Unified 850
API scores in 2010
in districts with similar attendance
Hickman Community Charter (1,065.70) 852
Fall River Joint Unified (1,066.80) 780
Heber Elementary (1,058.00) 771
Susanville Elementary (1,068.00) 752
El Tejon Unified (1,064.90) 731
Guadalupe Union Elementary (1,060.90) 671
Washington Union High (1,073.60) 657
API scores in 2010 in adjacent districts
Gratton Elementary 887
Hickman Community Charter 852
Roberts Ferry Union Elementary 787
Waterford Unified 782
Hughson Unified 774
Denair Unified 710
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