California school district spending and test scores

Pope Valley 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 Pope Valley Union Elementary compare to other California districts?

Spending per student

$18,908   Median: $8,234

API score in 2010

736   Median: 783

$18,908 spent per student ($1.1 million total expenditures)

Districts with similar spending per student
Woodside Elementary $19,088
San Lucas Union Elementary $19,045
Southern Trinity Joint Unified $18,924
Pope Valley Union Elementary $18,908
Feather Falls Union Elementary $18,896
Linns Valley-Poso Flat Union $18,836
Union Joint Elementary $18,568
Spending per student
in districts with similar attendance
Death Valley Unified (58.00) $27,770
Midway Elementary (61.70) $21,888
Pope Valley Union Elementary (60.00) $18,908
Gorman Elementary (58.60) $12,780
Castle Rock Union Elementary (63.70) $11,493
Bend Elementary (63.10) $9,597
Delphic Elementary (57.40) $8,754
Spending per student in adjacent districts
Pope Valley Union Elementary $18,908
Saint Helena Unified $17,671
Howell Mountain Elementary $14,996
Calistoga Joint Unified $12,431
Middletown Unified $8,043

736 API score in 2010

Districts with similar API scores in 2010
Esparto Unified 736
Lemoore Union High 736
East Side Union High 736
Pope Valley Union Elementary 736
Mountain Union Elementary 736
Marysville Joint Unified 736
Grossmont Union High 736
API scores in 2010
in districts with similar attendance
Castle Rock Union Elementary (63.70) 821
Midway Elementary (61.70) 797
Gorman Elementary (58.60) 784
Bend Elementary (63.10) 770
Delphic Elementary (57.40) 763
Death Valley Unified (58.00) 737
Pope Valley Union Elementary (60.00) 736
API scores in 2010 in adjacent districts
Saint Helena Unified 793
Middletown Unified 791
Howell Mountain Elementary 783
Calistoga Joint Unified 758
Pope Valley Union Elementary 736
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