California school district spending and test scores

San Pasqual 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 San Pasqual Union Elementary compare to other California districts?

Spending per student

$7,812   Median: $8,234

API score in 2010

874   Median: 783

$7,812 spent per student ($4.2 million total expenditures)

Districts with similar spending per student
Alisal Union Elementary $7,816
ABC Unified $7,815
Palos Verdes Peninsula Unified $7,812
San Pasqual Union Elementary $7,812
Savanna Elementary $7,809
Soledad Unified $7,807
Hawthorne Elementary $7,806
Spending per student
in districts with similar attendance
Shoreline Unified (548.00) $17,791
Los Molinos Unified (545.60) $9,591
Woodville Union Elementary (541.10) $8,388
Pleasant View Elementary (528.60) $8,227
Luther Burbank Elementary (544.60) $8,044
San Pasqual Union Elementary (543.50) $7,812
Cutten Elementary (532.50) $6,923
Spending per student in adjacent districts
Valley Center-Pauma Unified $8,850
Ramona City Unified $8,099
Escondido Union Elementary $7,938
San Pasqual Union Elementary $7,812
Poway Unified $7,216

874 API score in 2010

Districts with similar API scores in 2010
Rocklin Unified 874
Mt. Shasta Union Elementary 874
Evergreen Elementary 874
San Pasqual Union Elementary 874
Rincon Valley Union Elementary 873
Beverly Hills Unified 872
Etiwanda Elementary 872
API scores in 2010
in districts with similar attendance
San Pasqual Union Elementary (543.50) 874
Cutten Elementary (532.50) 844
Los Molinos Unified (545.60) 803
Shoreline Unified (548.00) 792
Luther Burbank Elementary (544.60) 740
Woodville Union Elementary (541.10) 720
Pleasant View Elementary (528.60) 701
API scores in 2010 in adjacent districts
Poway Unified 883
San Pasqual Union Elementary 874
Ramona City Unified 809
Valley Center-Pauma Unified 800
Escondido Union Elementary 735
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