California school district spending and test scores

Patterson 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 Patterson Joint Unified compare to other California districts?

Spending per student

$7,447   Median: $8,234

API score in 2010

730   Median: 783

$7,447 spent per student ($38.1 million total expenditures)

Districts with similar spending per student
Twin Hills Union Elementary $7,453
Fremont Unified $7,449
Millbrae Elementary $7,447
Patterson Joint Unified $7,447
Madera Unified $7,442
Hesperia Unified $7,441
Temple City Unified $7,440
Spending per student
in districts with similar attendance
Ukiah Unified (5,282.50) $9,493
Encinitas Union Elementary (5,274.70) $8,979
Sierra Sands Unified (5,060.70) $8,283
Buena Park Elementary (5,151.10) $8,034
Windsor Unified (5,057.10) $7,836
Patterson Joint Unified (5,117.50) $7,447
Rosedale Union Elementary (5,085.10) $6,176
Spending per student in adjacent districts
New Jerusalem Elementary $55,500
Alum Rock Union Elementary $8,735
East Side Union High $8,671
Shiloh Elementary $8,272
Livermore Valley Joint Unified $7,993
Chatom Union Elementary $7,918
Ceres Unified $7,901
Show more adjacent districts

730 API score in 2010

Districts with similar API scores in 2010
Willows Unified 731
San Leandro Unified 730
Manton Joint Union Elementary 730
Patterson Joint Unified 730
Princeton Joint Unified 729
Orland Joint Unified 729
Washington Colony Elementary 729
API scores in 2010
in districts with similar attendance
Encinitas Union Elementary (5,274.70) 905
Rosedale Union Elementary (5,085.10) 815
Buena Park Elementary (5,151.10) 811
Sierra Sands Unified (5,060.70) 788
Windsor Unified (5,057.10) 772
Patterson Joint Unified (5,117.50) 730
Ukiah Unified (5,282.50) 714
API scores in 2010 in adjacent districts
New Jerusalem Elementary N/A
Jefferson Elementary 837
Milpitas Unified 831
Livermore Valley Joint Unified 822
Shiloh Elementary 811
Hart-Ransom Union Elementary 808
Morgan Hill Unified 789
Show more adjacent districts
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