California school district spending and test scores

San Pasqual Valley 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 San Pasqual Valley Unified compare to other California districts?

Spending per student

$14,028   Median: $8,234

API score in 2010

657   Median: 783

$14,028 spent per student ($9.7 million total expenditures)

Districts with similar spending per student
Panoche Elementary $14,232
Mendocino Unified $14,211
Lone Pine Unified $14,207
San Pasqual Valley Unified $14,028
Lincoln Elementary $13,816
Coast Unified $13,775
Laguna Beach Unified $13,773
Spending per student
in districts with similar attendance
San Pasqual Valley Unified (689.20) $14,028
Richgrove Elementary (690.80) $10,998
Scott Valley Unified (670.50) $10,703
Wheatland Union High (686.00) $8,378
Laton Joint Unified (697.00) $8,032
Hart-Ransom Union Elementary (687.10) $7,340
Sundale Union Elementary (697.30) $7,296
Spending per student in adjacent districts
Desert Center Unified $39,282
San Pasqual Valley Unified $14,028
Holtville Unified $8,451
Brawley Union High $8,168
Magnolia Union Elementary $7,907
Palo Verde Unified $7,896

657 API score in 2010

Districts with similar API scores in 2010
Lindsay Unified 658
Washington Union High 657
Fairfax Elementary 657
San Pasqual Valley Unified 657
Greenfield Union Elementary 654
Baker Valley Unified 653
Maricopa Unified 649
API scores in 2010
in districts with similar attendance
Sundale Union Elementary (697.30) 845
Hart-Ransom Union Elementary (687.10) 808
Scott Valley Unified (670.50) 806
Wheatland Union High (686.00) 733
Laton Joint Unified (697.00) 725
Richgrove Elementary (690.80) 682
San Pasqual Valley Unified (689.20) 657
API scores in 2010 in adjacent districts
Magnolia Union Elementary 865
Holtville Unified 735
Brawley Union High 704
Palo Verde Unified 674
San Pasqual Valley Unified 657
Desert Center Unified 611
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