California school district spending and test scores

Pacific 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 Unified compare to other California districts?

Spending per student

$59,638   Median: $8,234

No API score for 2010 reported for Pacific Unified School District

$59,638 spent per student ($642,300 total expenditures)

Districts with similar spending per student
Pacific Unified $59,638
New Jerusalem Elementary $55,500
Mineral Elementary $47,977
Belridge Elementary $42,094
Desert Center Unified $39,282
Owens Valley Unified $39,228
Kashia Elementary $34,144
Spending per student
in districts with similar attendance
Pacific Unified (10.80) $59,638
Cox Bar Elementary (12.30) $26,617
Forks of Salmon Elementary (11.30) $23,037
Coffee Creek Elementary (10.90) $22,657
Elkins Elementary (10.40) $21,794
Union Joint Elementary (10.20) $18,568
Panoche Elementary (9.90) $14,232
Spending per student in adjacent districts
Pacific Unified $59,638
Carmel Unified $17,451
Coast Unified $13,775
King City Joint Union High $9,893
San Antonio Union Elementary $8,376
Greenfield Union Elementary $7,584

No API score reported

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