California school district spending and test scores

Panama-Buena Vista 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 Panama-Buena Vista Union Elementary compare to other California districts?

Spending per student

$7,136   Median: $8,234

API score in 2010

790   Median: 783

$7,136 spent per student ($112.4 million total expenditures)

Districts with similar spending per student
Evergreen Union Elementary $7,147
Lowell Joint Elementary $7,143
Pacific Union Elementary $7,136
Panama-Buena Vista Union Elementary $7,136
Atascadero Unified $7,135
Glendora Unified $7,130
Tracy Joint Unified $7,129
Spending per student
in districts with similar attendance
Pajaro Valley Unified (16,837.60) $9,271
Huntington Beach Union High (15,399.80) $8,284
Lynwood Unified (15,549.10) $8,061
Escondido Union Elementary (17,266.60) $7,938
Ventura Unified (16,690.20) $7,855
Panama-Buena Vista Union Elementary (15,753.80) $7,136
Tracy Joint Unified (15,474.10) $7,129
Spending per student in adjacent districts
Taft Union High $21,932
Elk Hills Elementary $11,719
Maricopa Unified $10,844
Bakersfield City Elementary $8,755
Greenfield Union Elementary $7,559
Lakeside Union Elementary $7,454
Panama-Buena Vista Union Elementary $7,136
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790 API score in 2010

Districts with similar API scores in 2010
Butteville Union Elementary 790
Igo, Ono, Platina Union Elementary 790
East Nicolaus Joint Union High 790
Panama-Buena Vista Union Elementary 790
Camptonville Elementary 790
Kerman Unified 789
Gridley Unified 789
API scores in 2010
in districts with similar attendance
Huntington Beach Union High (15,399.80) 827
Ventura Unified (16,690.20) 800
Panama-Buena Vista Union Elementary (15,753.80) 790
Tracy Joint Unified (15,474.10) 756
Escondido Union Elementary (17,266.60) 735
Pajaro Valley Unified (16,837.60) 713
Lynwood Unified (15,549.10) 689
API scores in 2010 in adjacent districts
Fruitvale Elementary 857
Rosedale Union Elementary 815
Panama-Buena Vista Union Elementary 790
Rio Bravo-Greeley Union Elementary 785
Lakeside Union Elementary 773
Greenfield Union Elementary 758
Taft Union High 715
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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