California school district spending and test scores

Big Pine 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 Big Pine Unified compare to other California districts?

Spending per student

$15,566   Median: $8,234

API score in 2010

632   Median: 783

$15,566 spent per student ($2.6 million total expenditures)

Districts with similar spending per student
Blake Elementary $16,281
Ross Elementary $16,240
Bridgeville Elementary $16,169
Big Pine Unified $15,566
Manchester Union Elementary $15,470
Warner Unified $15,338
Klamath-Trinity Joint Unified $15,244
Spending per student
in districts with similar attendance
Cold Spring Elementary (167.10) $17,035
Julian Union High (166.10) $16,301
Big Pine Unified (169.20) $15,566
Dehesa Elementary (165.00) $13,394
Latrobe Elementary (169.20) $10,363
Ducor Union Elementary (173.40) $8,123
Paradise Elementary (174.10) $7,754
Spending per student in adjacent districts
Owens Valley Unified $39,228
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

632 API score in 2010

Districts with similar API scores in 2010
Linns Valley-Poso Flat Union 645
Centinela Valley Union High 644
San Lucas Union Elementary 644
Big Pine Unified 632
West Park Elementary 628
Happy Camp Union Elementary 625
Alta Vista Elementary 621
API scores in 2010
in districts with similar attendance
Cold Spring Elementary (167.10) 949
Latrobe Elementary (169.20) 918
Paradise Elementary (174.10) 822
Ducor Union Elementary (173.40) 771
Dehesa Elementary (165.00) 763
Julian Union High (166.10) 741
Big Pine Unified (169.20) 632
API scores in 2010 in adjacent districts
Pine Ridge Elementary 846
Sierra Unified 813
Bishop Union Elementary 786
Owens Valley Unified 754
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