California school district spending and test scores

Pollock Pines 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 Pollock Pines Elementary compare to other California districts?

Spending per student

$8,328   Median: $8,234

API score in 2010

813   Median: 783

$8,328 spent per student ($5.5 million total expenditures)

Districts with similar spending per student
Magnolia Elementary $8,341
Ontario-Montclair Elementary $8,340
Live Oak Elementary $8,337
Pollock Pines Elementary $8,328
Duarte Unified $8,327
Glendale Unified $8,325
Lamont Elementary $8,324
Spending per student
in districts with similar attendance
Rancho Santa Fe Elementary (664.30) $14,287
Siskiyou Union High (654.20) $10,153
Bishop Joint Union High (656.10) $9,028
Pollock Pines Elementary (660.60) $8,328
Fortuna Union Elementary (668.10) $7,999
Chatom Union Elementary (654.70) $7,918
Sutter Union High (663.80) $7,856
Spending per student in adjacent districts
Silver Fork Elementary $19,251
Lake Tahoe Unified $8,800
Black Oak Mine Unified $8,572
Pollock Pines Elementary $8,328
Pioneer Union Elementary $8,127
Gold Oak Union Elementary $7,737
Camino Union Elementary $7,648
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813 API score in 2010

Districts with similar API scores in 2010
Forestville Union Elementary 814
Sierra Unified 813
Soulsbyville Elementary 813
Pollock Pines Elementary 813
Chino Valley Unified 812
Springville Union Elementary 812
Marcum-Illinois Union Elementary 812
API scores in 2010
in districts with similar attendance
Rancho Santa Fe Elementary (664.30) 946
Pollock Pines Elementary (660.60) 813
Fortuna Union Elementary (668.10) 770
Chatom Union Elementary (654.70) 770
Siskiyou Union High (654.20) 755
Sutter Union High (663.80) 727
Bishop Joint Union High (656.10) 724
API scores in 2010 in adjacent districts
Silver Fork Elementary N/A
Camino Union Elementary 880
Pioneer Union Elementary 839
Gold Oak Union Elementary 837
Pollock Pines Elementary 813
Black Oak Mine Unified 797
Amador County Unified 787
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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