California school district spending and test scores

Plainsburg 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 Plainsburg Union Elementary compare to other California districts?

Spending per student

$5,874   Median: $8,234

API score in 2010

863   Median: 783

$5,874 spent per student ($693,626 total expenditures)

Districts with similar spending per student
Capay Joint Union Elementary $6,108
Richmond Elementary $6,092
Waukena Joint Union Elementary $6,074
Lake Elementary $6,019
Franklin Elementary $5,887
Plainsburg Union Elementary $5,874
Spending per student
in districts with similar attendance
Cuddeback Union Elementary (116.20) $9,532
Bangor Union Elementary (119.30) $8,915
Roberts Ferry Union Elementary (117.00) $8,899
Round Valley Joint Elementary (119.70) $8,580
Gratton Elementary (120.00) $7,472
Outside Creek Elementary (117.40) $7,201
Plainsburg Union Elementary (118.10) $5,874
Spending per student in adjacent districts
El Nido Elementary $10,156
Planada Elementary $8,477
Chowchilla Union High $8,384
Le Grand Union Elementary $8,216
Merced Union High $8,137
Alview-Dairyland Union Elementary $8,023
Chowchilla Elementary $7,074
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863 API score in 2010

Districts with similar API scores in 2010
Evergreen Union Elementary 864
Harmony Union Elementary 863
Pleasant Valley School 863
Plainsburg Union Elementary 863
Tamalpais Union High 862
Bonny Doon Union Elementary 862
Big Creek Elementary 862
API scores in 2010
in districts with similar attendance
Gratton Elementary (120.00) 887
Plainsburg Union Elementary (118.10) 863
Round Valley Joint Elementary (119.70) 829
Cuddeback Union Elementary (116.20) 828
Roberts Ferry Union Elementary (117.00) 787
Outside Creek Elementary (117.40) 781
Bangor Union Elementary (119.30) 752
API scores in 2010 in adjacent districts
Plainsburg Union Elementary 863
Alview-Dairyland Union Elementary 841
El Nido Elementary 796
Weaver Union Elementary 782
Chowchilla Elementary 753
Le Grand Union Elementary 751
Planada Elementary 739
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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