California school district spending and test scores

Plumas 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 Plumas Unified compare to other California districts?

Spending per student

$11,572   Median: $8,234

API score in 2010

811   Median: 783

$11,572 spent per student ($23.2 million total expenditures)

Districts with similar spending per student
Alexander Valley Union Elementary $11,640
Los Gatos-Saratoga Joint Union High $11,579
Piedmont City Unified $11,579
Plumas Unified $11,572
Blochman Union Elementary $11,493
Castle Rock Union Elementary $11,493
Harmony Union Elementary $11,353
Spending per student
in districts with similar attendance
Carmel Unified (2,032.60) $17,451
San Rafael City High (1,986.00) $11,900
Plumas Unified (2,007.90) $11,572
Red Bluff Union Elementary (2,039.20) $8,423
Taft City Elementary (1,986.90) $8,047
Gridley Unified (1,980.70) $7,782
Auburn Union Elementary (2,034.10) $7,392
Spending per student in adjacent districts
Mineral Elementary $47,977
Feather Falls Union Elementary $18,896
Pioneer Union Elementary $14,292
Sierra-Plumas Joint Unified $13,365
Golden Feather Union Elementary $12,406
Plumas Unified $11,572
Westwood Unified $11,102
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811 API score in 2010

Districts with similar API scores in 2010
Fullerton Joint Union High 811
Lakeside Union Elementary 811
Buena Park Elementary 811
Plumas Unified 811
Shiloh Elementary 811
Roseville Joint Union High 811
Galt Joint Union Elementary 811
API scores in 2010
in districts with similar attendance
Carmel Unified (2,032.60) 897
Auburn Union Elementary (2,034.10) 815
Plumas Unified (2,007.90) 811
Gridley Unified (1,980.70) 789
Red Bluff Union Elementary (2,039.20) 786
San Rafael City High (1,986.00) 765
Taft City Elementary (1,986.90) 674
API scores in 2010 in adjacent districts
Richmond Elementary 870
Janesville Union Elementary 840
Plumas Unified 811
Johnstonville Elementary 800
Sierra-Plumas Joint Unified 794
Susanville Elementary 752
Paradise Unified 749
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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