California school district spending and test scores

Pine Ridge 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 Pine Ridge Elementary compare to other California districts?

Spending per student

$18,437   Median: $8,234

API score in 2010

846   Median: 783

$18,437 spent per student ($1.7 million total expenditures)

Districts with similar spending per student
Union Joint Elementary $18,568
Twin Ridges Elementary $18,518
Plum Valley Elementary $18,476
Pine Ridge Elementary $18,437
La Grange Elementary $17,858
Shoreline Unified $17,791
Saint Helena Unified $17,671
Spending per student
in districts with similar attendance
Stony Creek Joint Unified (91.30) $20,907
Twin Ridges Elementary (92.10) $18,518
Pine Ridge Elementary (89.80) $18,437
Monte Rio Union Elementary (89.50) $14,280
Dunsmuir Joint Union High (91.20) $13,634
Mulberry Elementary (86.00) $7,352
Lagunita Elementary (85.00) $6,991
Spending per student in adjacent districts
Big Creek Elementary $20,875
Pine Ridge Elementary $18,437
Big Pine Unified $15,566
Sierra Unified $10,845
Bishop Joint Union High $9,028
Bishop Union Elementary $8,959

846 API score in 2010

Districts with similar API scores in 2010
Placentia-Yorba Linda Unified 847
Mckittrick Elementary 846
Ackerman Elementary 846
Pine Ridge Elementary 846
Junction Elementary 845
Sundale Union Elementary 845
Buellton Union Elementary 845
API scores in 2010
in districts with similar attendance
Lagunita Elementary (85.00) 935
Monte Rio Union Elementary (89.50) 872
Pine Ridge Elementary (89.80) 846
Mulberry Elementary (86.00) 784
Stony Creek Joint Unified (91.30) 724
Dunsmuir Joint Union High (91.20) 704
Twin Ridges Elementary (92.10) 665
API scores in 2010 in adjacent districts
Big Creek Elementary 862
Pine Ridge Elementary 846
Sierra Unified 813
Bishop Union Elementary 786
Bishop Joint Union High 724
Big Pine Unified 632
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