California school district spending and test scores

Palos Verdes Peninsula 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 Palos Verdes Peninsula Unified compare to other California districts?

Spending per student

$7,812   Median: $8,234

API score in 2010

912   Median: 783

$7,812 spent per student ($90.1 million total expenditures)

Districts with similar spending per student
Alisal Union Elementary $7,816
ABC Unified $7,815
San Pasqual Union Elementary $7,812
Palos Verdes Peninsula Unified $7,812
Savanna Elementary $7,809
Soledad Unified $7,807
Hawthorne Elementary $7,806
Spending per student
in districts with similar attendance
Palo Alto Unified (11,252.30) $13,376
Chico Unified (11,633.00) $8,101
La Mesa-Spring Valley (12,067.60) $8,069
Palos Verdes Peninsula Unified (11,528.30) $7,812
Upland Unified (11,487.40) $7,224
Yuba City Unified (11,989.30) $7,180
Vacaville Unified (11,390.90) $6,876
Spending per student in adjacent districts
Los Angeles Unified $10,015
Palos Verdes Peninsula Unified $7,812
Torrance Unified $7,505

912 API score in 2010

Districts with similar API scores in 2010
Oak Park Unified 916
Whitmore Union Elementary 915
Liberty Elementary 913
Palos Verdes Peninsula Unified 912
South Pasadena Unified 911
Mountain Elementary 909
Sunol Glen Unified 909
API scores in 2010
in districts with similar attendance
Palo Alto Unified (11,252.30) 925
Palos Verdes Peninsula Unified (11,528.30) 912
Upland Unified (11,487.40) 807
La Mesa-Spring Valley (12,067.60) 801
Chico Unified (11,633.00) 789
Yuba City Unified (11,989.30) 783
Vacaville Unified (11,390.90) 769
API scores in 2010 in adjacent districts
Palos Verdes Peninsula Unified 912
Torrance Unified 853
Los Angeles Unified 709
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