California school district spending and test scores

Palo Verde 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 Palo Verde Unified compare to other California districts?

Spending per student

$7,896   Median: $8,234

API score in 2010

674   Median: 783

$7,896 spent per student ($26.2 million total expenditures)

Districts with similar spending per student
Empire Union Elementary $7,901
Corning Union Elementary $7,901
Somis Union Elementary $7,899
Palo Verde Unified $7,896
North Monterey County Unified $7,891
Cajon Valley Union Elementary $7,888
Eureka Union Elementary $7,882
Spending per student
in districts with similar attendance
Del Norte County Unified (3,224.10) $10,071
Enterprise Elementary (3,257.30) $8,412
Palo Verde Unified (3,316.60) $7,896
Eureka Union Elementary (3,387.30) $7,882
Calaveras Unified (3,226.30) $7,429
Imperial Unified (3,447.50) $7,109
Norris Elementary (3,398.80) $6,112
Spending per student in adjacent districts
Desert Center Unified $39,282
San Pasqual Valley Unified $14,028
Palo Verde Unified $7,896

674 API score in 2010

Districts with similar API scores in 2010
Earlimart Elementary 675
Taft City Elementary 674
General Shafter Elementary 674
Palo Verde Unified 674
Stockton Unified 671
Guadalupe Union Elementary 671
Antelope Valley Union High 671
API scores in 2010
in districts with similar attendance
Eureka Union Elementary (3,387.30) 897
Norris Elementary (3,398.80) 841
Imperial Unified (3,447.50) 815
Enterprise Elementary (3,257.30) 815
Calaveras Unified (3,226.30) 782
Del Norte County Unified (3,224.10) 750
Palo Verde Unified (3,316.60) 674
API scores in 2010 in adjacent districts
Palo Verde Unified 674
San Pasqual Valley Unified 657
Desert Center Unified 611
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