California school district spending and test scores

Pacific 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 Pacific Elementary compare to other California districts?

Spending per student

$9,781   Median: $8,234

API score in 2010

850   Median: 783

$9,781 spent per student ($958,245 total expenditures)

Districts with similar spending per student
Mountain Empire Unified $9,823
Carpinteria Unified $9,787
San Luis Coastal Unified $9,781
Pacific Elementary $9,781
Traver Joint Elementary $9,763
Dixie Elementary $9,761
Lennox Elementary $9,759
Spending per student
in districts with similar attendance
Alpine County Unified (99.50) $29,954
Bolinas-Stinson Union Elementary (97.00) $27,794
Happy Camp Union Elementary (100.30) $12,863
Blochman Union Elementary (94.90) $11,493
Pacific Elementary (98.00) $9,781
Mt. Baldy Joint Elementary (101.30) $9,351
Mission Union Elementary (96.50) $9,068
Spending per student in adjacent districts
Bonny Doon Union Elementary $13,186
La Honda-Pescadero Unified $10,941
Pacific Elementary $9,781
San Lorenzo Valley Unified $8,643

850 API score in 2010

Districts with similar API scores in 2010
Hickman Community Charter 852
Guerneville Elementary 851
Tustin Unified 850
Pacific Elementary 850
Vallecito Union Elementary 849
Mother Lode Union Elementary 849
Knightsen Elementary 848
API scores in 2010
in districts with similar attendance
Mt. Baldy Joint Elementary (101.30) 871
Pacific Elementary (98.00) 850
Mission Union Elementary (96.50) 839
Bolinas-Stinson Union Elementary (97.00) 816
Blochman Union Elementary (94.90) 803
Alpine County Unified (99.50) 778
Happy Camp Union Elementary (100.30) 625
API scores in 2010 in adjacent districts
Bonny Doon Union Elementary 862
Pacific Elementary 850
San Lorenzo Valley Unified 825
La Honda-Pescadero Unified 713
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