California school district spending and test scores

Poway 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 Poway Unified compare to other California districts?

Spending per student

$7,216   Median: $8,234

API score in 2010

883   Median: 783

$7,216 spent per student ($234.9 million total expenditures)

Districts with similar spending per student
Tehachapi Unified $7,233
Soulsbyville Elementary $7,230
Upland Unified $7,224
Poway Unified $7,216
Orange Unified $7,208
Outside Creek Elementary $7,201
Tres Pinos Union Elementary $7,199
Spending per student
in districts with similar attendance
Stockton Unified (34,144.00) $9,240
Kern Union High (34,031.70) $9,109
Mt. Diablo Unified (32,471.90) $8,199
Anaheim Union High (31,281.10) $8,168
Moreno Valley Unified (34,136.60) $7,688
Saddleback Valley Unified (31,087.90) $7,472
Poway Unified (32,555.50) $7,216
Spending per student in adjacent districts
Solana Beach Elementary $11,112
San Diego Unified $9,855
Del Mar Union Elementary $9,552
Grossmont Union High $9,325
Escondido Union High $8,517
Lakeside Union Elementary $8,478
San Dieguito Union High $8,108
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883 API score in 2010

Districts with similar API scores in 2010
Gratton Elementary 887
Temple City Unified 885
Bennett Valley Union Elementary 883
Poway Unified 883
Vista Del Mar Union Elementary 882
Las Virgenes Unified 882
Placer Hills Union Elementary 881
API scores in 2010
in districts with similar attendance
Poway Unified (32,555.50) 883
Saddleback Valley Unified (31,087.90) 859
Mt. Diablo Unified (32,471.90) 784
Anaheim Union High (31,281.10) 748
Moreno Valley Unified (34,136.60) 716
Kern Union High (34,031.70) 708
Stockton Unified (34,144.00) 671
API scores in 2010 in adjacent districts
Del Mar Union Elementary 961
Solana Beach Elementary 936
Poway Unified 883
San Dieguito Union High 877
San Pasqual Union Elementary 874
Santee Elementary 860
Lakeside Union Elementary 811
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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