California school district spending and test scores

Pasadena 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 Pasadena Unified compare to other California districts?

Spending per student

$10,104   Median: $8,234

API score in 2010

758   Median: 783

$10,104 spent per student ($183.2 million total expenditures)

Districts with similar spending per student
El Nido Elementary $10,156
Siskiyou Union High $10,153
Mountain Elementary $10,150
Pasadena Unified $10,104
Princeton Joint Unified $10,103
Del Norte County Unified $10,071
Fallbrook Union High $10,068
Spending per student
in districts with similar attendance
Pasadena Unified (18,130.90) $10,104
Anaheim City Elementary (18,616.90) $8,399
Alhambra Unified (17,940.50) $8,047
Antioch Unified (17,812.30) $7,578
Folsom-Cordova Unified (18,199.20) $7,515
Madera Unified (17,755.40) $7,442
Val Verde Unified (18,537.30) $6,740
Spending per student in adjacent districts
Pasadena Unified $10,104
Los Angeles Unified $10,015
San Marino Unified $8,350
Duarte Unified $8,327
Glendale Unified $8,325
Monrovia Unified $8,306
Azusa Unified $8,248
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758 API score in 2010

Districts with similar API scores in 2010
Greenfield Union Elementary 758
Acton-Agua Dulce Unified 758
Merced City Elementary 758
Pasadena Unified 758
Winton Elementary 758
Sweetwater Union High 758
Calistoga Joint Unified 758
API scores in 2010
in districts with similar attendance
Folsom-Cordova Unified (18,199.20) 818
Alhambra Unified (17,940.50) 814
Val Verde Unified (18,537.30) 780
Pasadena Unified (18,130.90) 758
Anaheim City Elementary (18,616.90) 755
Madera Unified (17,755.40) 733
Antioch Unified (17,812.30) 732
API scores in 2010 in adjacent districts
San Marino Unified 949
La Canada Unified 933
Arcadia Unified 922
South Pasadena Unified 911
Temple City Unified 885
Glendale Unified 842
San Gabriel Unified 830
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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