California school district spending and test scores

Panoche 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 Panoche Elementary compare to other California districts?

Spending per student

$14,232   Median: $8,234

No API score for 2010 reported for Panoche Elementary School District

$14,232 spent per student ($140,894 total expenditures)

Districts with similar spending per student
Pioneer Union Elementary $14,292
Rancho Santa Fe Elementary $14,287
Monte Rio Union Elementary $14,280
Panoche Elementary $14,232
Mendocino Unified $14,211
Lone Pine Unified $14,207
San Pasqual Valley Unified $14,028
Spending per student
in districts with similar attendance
Pacific Unified (10.80) $59,638
Kashia Elementary (9.00) $34,144
Elkins Elementary (10.40) $21,794
Green Point Elementary (9.60) $21,436
Union Joint Elementary (10.20) $18,568
Blake Elementary (8.80) $16,281
Panoche Elementary (9.90) $14,232
Spending per student in adjacent districts
Willow Grove Union Elementary $17,307
Bitterwater-Tully Union Elementary $14,453
Panoche Elementary $14,232
Jefferson Elementary $10,916
King City Joint Union High $9,893
Dos Palos Oro Loma Joint Unified $8,463
Coalinga-Huron Joint Unified $8,245
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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