California school district spending and test scores

Pleasant Grove Joint Union 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 Pleasant Grove Joint Union Elementary compare to other California districts?

Spending per student

$6,605   Median: $8,234

API score in 2010

823   Median: 783

$6,605 spent per student ($1.1 million total expenditures)

Districts with similar spending per student
Semitropic Elementary $6,651
Manteca Unified $6,622
Johnstonville Elementary $6,611
Pleasant Grove Joint Union Elementary $6,605
Rescue Union Elementary $6,593
Kings River-Hardwick Union Elementary $6,593
Briggs Elementary $6,567
Spending per student
in districts with similar attendance
Cold Spring Elementary (167.10) $17,035
Julian Union High (166.10) $16,301
Dehesa Elementary (165.00) $13,394
Shasta Union Elementary (163.10) $8,475
West Side Union Elementary (161.30) $7,727
Browns Elementary (163.80) $6,804
Pleasant Grove Joint Union Elementary (163.90) $6,605
Spending per student in adjacent districts
Marcum-Illinois Union Elementary $9,941
Western Placer Unified $7,914
Elverta Joint Elementary $7,652
Roseville Joint Union High $7,330
Roseville City Elementary $6,697
Pleasant Grove Joint Union Elementary $6,605

823 API score in 2010

Districts with similar API scores in 2010
Valle Lindo Elementary 824
Wheatland Elementary 823
Ripon Unified 823
Pleasant Grove Joint Union Elementary 823
Paradise Elementary 822
ABC Unified 822
Golden Valley Unified 822
API scores in 2010
in districts with similar attendance
Cold Spring Elementary (167.10) 949
Browns Elementary (163.80) 853
Pleasant Grove Joint Union Elementary (163.90) 823
West Side Union Elementary (161.30) 821
Dehesa Elementary (165.00) 763
Julian Union High (166.10) 741
Shasta Union Elementary (163.10) 724
API scores in 2010 in adjacent districts
Roseville City Elementary 866
Elverta Joint Elementary 825
Pleasant Grove Joint Union Elementary 823
Western Placer Unified 816
Marcum-Illinois Union Elementary 812
Roseville Joint Union High 811
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