California school district spending and test scores

Pacific Grove 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 Pacific Grove Unified compare to other California districts?

Spending per student

$12,647   Median: $8,234

API score in 2010

877   Median: 783

$12,647 spent per student ($22.0 million total expenditures)

Districts with similar spending per student
Gorman Elementary $12,780
Mountain Union Elementary $12,731
Ballard Elementary $12,696
Pacific Grove Unified $12,647
Mountain Valley Unified $12,630
Reed Union Elementary $12,591
Big Springs Union Elementary $12,569
Spending per student
in districts with similar attendance
Pacific Grove Unified (1,743.30) $12,647
Dixie Elementary (1,738.50) $9,761
Fort Bragg Unified (1,743.30) $9,523
Red Bluff Joint Union High (1,705.60) $8,739
Old Adobe Union Elementary (1,691.20) $8,074
Soquel Union Elementary (1,748.60) $7,556
Winton Elementary (1,744.80) $7,395
Spending per student in adjacent districts
Carmel Unified $17,451
Pacific Grove Unified $12,647
Monterey Peninsula Unified $8,008

877 API score in 2010

Districts with similar API scores in 2010
San Dieguito Union High 877
Davis Joint Unified 877
Cypress Elementary 877
Pacific Grove Unified 877
Wilmar Union Elementary 876
Plaza Elementary 875
Fremont Union High 875
API scores in 2010
in districts with similar attendance
Dixie Elementary (1,738.50) 896
Pacific Grove Unified (1,743.30) 877
Soquel Union Elementary (1,748.60) 828
Old Adobe Union Elementary (1,691.20) 818
Fort Bragg Unified (1,743.30) 762
Winton Elementary (1,744.80) 758
Red Bluff Joint Union High (1,705.60) 716
API scores in 2010 in adjacent districts
Carmel Unified 897
Pacific Grove Unified 877
Monterey Peninsula Unified 739
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