California school district spending and test scores

Paso Robles Joint 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 Paso Robles Joint Unified compare to other California districts?

Spending per student

$7,843   Median: $8,234

API score in 2010

786   Median: 783

$7,843 spent per student ($50.1 million total expenditures)

Districts with similar spending per student
Sutter Union High $7,856
Ventura Unified $7,855
El Dorado Union High $7,846
Paso Robles Joint Unified $7,843
Windsor Unified $7,836
Butteville Union Elementary $7,835
Pacheco Union Elementary $7,830
Spending per student
in districts with similar attendance
Santa Cruz City Elementary/High (6,386.46) $9,089
Newark Unified (6,578.30) $8,089
El Dorado Union High (6,517.70) $7,846
Paso Robles Joint Unified (6,391.20) $7,843
Whittier City Elementary (6,329.40) $7,625
Culver City Unified (6,489.40) $7,599
Manhattan Beach Unified (6,363.30) $7,467
Spending per student in adjacent districts
Coast Unified $13,775
Shandon Joint Unified $11,188
Pleasant Valley Joint Union Elementary $9,010
Paso Robles Joint Unified $7,843
San Miguel Joint Union Elementary $7,629
Atascadero Unified $7,135
Templeton Unified $6,903

786 API score in 2010

Districts with similar API scores in 2010
Beaumont Unified 786
Center Joint Unified 786
Bishop Union Elementary 786
Paso Robles Joint Unified 786
Red Bluff Union Elementary 786
Cabrillo Unified 785
Coast Unified 785
API scores in 2010
in districts with similar attendance
Manhattan Beach Unified (6,363.30) 926
El Dorado Union High (6,517.70) 829
Culver City Unified (6,489.40) 824
Paso Robles Joint Unified (6,391.20) 786
Newark Unified (6,578.30) 762
Whittier City Elementary (6,329.40) 755
Santa Cruz City Elementary/High (6,386.46) N/A
API scores in 2010 in adjacent districts
Templeton Unified 848
Pleasant Valley Joint Union Elementary 806
Atascadero Unified 804
Paso Robles Joint Unified 786
Coast Unified 785
Shandon Joint Unified 755
San Miguel Joint Union Elementary 754
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