California school district spending and test scores

Pioneer 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 Pioneer Union Elementary compare to other California districts?

Spending per student

$14,292   Median: $8,234

API score in 2010

613   Median: 783

$14,292 spent per student ($1.1 million total expenditures)

Districts with similar spending per student
Manton Joint Union Elementary $14,857
Bitterwater-Tully Union Elementary $14,453
Klamath River Union Elementary $14,400
Pioneer Union Elementary $14,292
Rancho Santa Fe Elementary $14,287
Monte Rio Union Elementary $14,280
Panoche Elementary $14,232
Spending per student
in districts with similar attendance
Pioneer Union Elementary (78.60) $14,292
Raymond-Knowles Union Elementary (78.80) $12,067
Junction City Elementary (77.80) $11,064
Allensworth Elementary (75.30) $10,179
McCloud Union Elementary (76.20) $9,549
Saucelito Elementary (79.00) $8,757
Meridian Elementary (79.60) $7,472
Spending per student in adjacent districts
Feather Falls Union Elementary $18,896
Pioneer Union Elementary $14,292
Golden Feather Union Elementary $12,406
Plumas Unified $11,572
Thermalito Union Elementary $9,363
Oroville City Elementary $8,737

613 API score in 2010

Districts with similar API scores in 2010
Willow Grove Union Elementary 619
Vineland Elementary 617
Reef-Sunset Unified 614
Pioneer Union Elementary 613
Desert Center Unified 611
Allensworth Elementary 608
San Ardo Union Elementary 602
API scores in 2010
in districts with similar attendance
Meridian Elementary (79.60) 821
McCloud Union Elementary (76.20) 819
Saucelito Elementary (79.00) 777
Raymond-Knowles Union Elementary (78.80) 770
Junction City Elementary (77.80) 728
Pioneer Union Elementary (78.60) 613
Allensworth Elementary (75.30) 608
API scores in 2010 in adjacent districts
Plumas Unified 811
Oroville City Elementary 737
Thermalito Union Elementary 733
Golden Feather Union Elementary 700
Pioneer Union Elementary 613
Feather Falls Union Elementary 554
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