California school district spending and test scores

La Honda-Pescadero 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 La Honda-Pescadero Unified compare to other California districts?

Spending per student

$10,941   Median: $8,234

API score in 2010

713   Median: 783

$10,941 spent per student ($3.7 million total expenditures)

Districts with similar spending per student
Burnt Ranch Elementary $11,000
Richgrove Elementary $10,998
Oakland Unified $10,958
La Honda-Pescadero Unified $10,941
Washington Union High $10,940
Kentfield Elementary $10,931
Jefferson Elementary $10,916
Spending per student
in districts with similar attendance
Ross Elementary (334.90) $16,240
La Honda-Pescadero Unified (336.80) $10,941
American Union Elementary (332.00) $8,392
Alview-Dairyland Union Elementary (337.10) $8,023
Chualar Union Elementary (338.60) $7,828
Springville Union Elementary (340.30) $7,669
Rockford Elementary (329.50) $7,598
Spending per student in adjacent districts
Portola Valley Elementary $16,981
Lakeside Joint Elementary $16,421
Mountain View-Los Altos Union High $13,157
Sequoia Union High $12,273
Los Gatos-Saratoga Joint Union High $11,579
La Honda-Pescadero Unified $10,941
Pacific Elementary $9,781
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713 API score in 2010

Districts with similar API scores in 2010
Pajaro Valley Unified 713
Azusa Unified 713
Edison Elementary 713
La Honda-Pescadero Unified 713
Woodlake Union Elementary 711
Chowchilla Union High 711
Fresno Unified 711
API scores in 2010
in districts with similar attendance
Ross Elementary (334.90) 939
Alview-Dairyland Union Elementary (337.10) 841
Springville Union Elementary (340.30) 812
Rockford Elementary (329.50) 792
American Union Elementary (332.00) 743
Chualar Union Elementary (338.60) 716
La Honda-Pescadero Unified (336.80) 713
API scores in 2010 in adjacent districts
Los Altos Elementary 965
Lakeside Joint Elementary 963
Cupertino Union Elementary 951
Portola Valley Elementary 949
Los Gatos-Saratoga Joint Union High 898
Fremont Union High 875
Mountain View-Los Altos Union High 852
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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