California school district spending and test scores

Portola Valley 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 Portola Valley Elementary compare to other California districts?

Spending per student

$16,981   Median: $8,234

API score in 2010

949   Median: 783

$16,981 spent per student ($11.9 million total expenditures)

Districts with similar spending per student
Fort Ross Elementary $17,123
Nicasio Elementary $17,059
Cold Spring Elementary $17,035
Portola Valley Elementary $16,981
Hornbrook Elementary $16,958
Camptonville Elementary $16,957
Montgomery Elementary $16,539
Spending per student
in districts with similar attendance
Portola Valley Elementary (700.60) $16,981
Buellton Union Elementary (700.10) $10,410
Trinity Alps Unified (700.30) $10,365
Cardiff Elementary (712.60) $9,631
Sundale Union Elementary (697.30) $7,296
Sonora Elementary (704.90) $7,184
North County Joint Union Elementary (713.60) $6,711
Spending per student in adjacent districts
Woodside Elementary $19,088
Portola Valley Elementary $16,981
Palo Alto Unified $13,376
Las Lomitas Elementary $13,163
Mountain View-Los Altos Union High $13,157
La Honda-Pescadero Unified $10,941
Los Altos Elementary $9,549
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949 API score in 2010

Districts with similar API scores in 2010
Cupertino Union Elementary 951
Cold Spring Elementary 949
San Marino Unified 949
Portola Valley Elementary 949
Ballard Elementary 948
Rancho Santa Fe Elementary 946
Moraga Elementary 945
API scores in 2010
in districts with similar attendance
Portola Valley Elementary (700.60) 949
Cardiff Elementary (712.60) 931
Buellton Union Elementary (700.10) 845
Sundale Union Elementary (697.30) 845
Sonora Elementary (704.90) 834
North County Joint Union Elementary (713.60) 830
Trinity Alps Unified (700.30) 759
API scores in 2010 in adjacent districts
Los Altos Elementary 965
Las Lomitas Elementary 963
Portola Valley Elementary 949
Woodside Elementary 937
Palo Alto Unified 925
Mountain View-Los Altos Union High 852
Cabrillo Unified 785
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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