California school district spending and test scores

Paradise Unified 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 Paradise Unified compare to other California districts?

Spending per student

$8,591   Median: $8,234

API score in 2010

749   Median: 783

$8,591 spent per student ($31.6 million total expenditures)

Districts with similar spending per student
Sweetwater Union High $8,612
Antelope Valley Union High $8,604
Perris Union High $8,601
Paradise Unified $8,591
Round Valley Joint Elementary $8,580
Riverdale Joint Unified $8,578
Black Oak Mine Unified $8,572
Spending per student
in districts with similar attendance
Tahoe-Truckee Joint Unified (3,659.20) $11,323
Paradise Unified (3,679.50) $8,591
Eureka City Unified (3,659.40) $8,469
Albany City Unified (3,660.20) $8,356
Oak Park Unified (3,690.50) $8,148
Lemon Grove Elementary (3,709.90) $8,019
Dixon Unified (3,706.10) $6,287
Spending per student in adjacent districts
Mineral Elementary $47,977
Golden Feather Union Elementary $12,406
Plumas Unified $11,572
Los Molinos Unified $9,591
Red Bluff Joint Union High $8,739
Paradise Unified $8,591
Oroville Union High $8,218
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749 API score in 2010

Districts with similar API scores in 2010
Caruthers Unified 749
Silver Valley Unified 749
Lost Hills Union Elementary 749
Paradise Unified 749
Cinnabar Elementary 749
Merced River Union Elementary 749
Cascade Union Elementary 748
API scores in 2010
in districts with similar attendance
Oak Park Unified (3,690.50) 916
Albany City Unified (3,660.20) 878
Tahoe-Truckee Joint Unified (3,659.20) 806
Eureka City Unified (3,659.40) 766
Lemon Grove Elementary (3,709.90) 760
Dixon Unified (3,706.10) 751
Paradise Unified (3,679.50) 749
API scores in 2010 in adjacent districts
Plumas Unified 811
Los Molinos Unified 803
Durham Unified 795
Chico Unified 789
Paradise Unified 749
Red Bluff Joint Union High 716
Golden Feather Union Elementary 700
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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