California school district spending and test scores

Hope 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 Hope Elementary compare to other California districts?

Spending per student

$7,264   Median: $8,234

API score in 2010

689   Median: 783

$7,264 spent per student ($949,427 total expenditures)

Districts with similar spending per student
Union Elementary $7,271
Brea-Olinda Unified $7,271
Berryessa Union Elementary $7,264
Hope Elementary $7,264
Capistrano Unified $7,246
Tehachapi Unified $7,233
Soulsbyville Elementary $7,230
Spending per student
in districts with similar attendance
Surprise Valley Joint Unified (131.60) $15,207
Shiloh Elementary (128.70) $8,272
Knights Ferry Elementary (127.50) $7,827
Hope Elementary (130.70) $7,264
Stone Corral Elementary (130.80) $7,092
Mupu Elementary (130.40) $6,760
Plaza Elementary (136.70) $6,515
Spending per student in adjacent districts
Terra Bella Union Elementary $8,624
Porterville Unified $8,564
Rockford Elementary $7,598
Hope Elementary $7,264

689 API score in 2010

Districts with similar API scores in 2010
Wasco Union High 690
King City Joint Union High 689
Lynwood Unified 689
Hope Elementary 689
Ravenswood City Elementary 688
Burrel Union Elementary 687
Mineral Elementary 687
API scores in 2010
in districts with similar attendance
Plaza Elementary (136.70) 875
Knights Ferry Elementary (127.50) 834
Shiloh Elementary (128.70) 811
Mupu Elementary (130.40) 801
Surprise Valley Joint Unified (131.60) 788
Hope Elementary (130.70) 689
Stone Corral Elementary (130.80) 562
API scores in 2010 in adjacent districts
Rockford Elementary 792
Porterville Unified 743
Terra Bella Union Elementary 715
Hope Elementary 689
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