California school district spending and test scores

Plum 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 Plum Valley Elementary compare to other California districts?

Spending per student

$18,476   Median: $8,234

API score in 2010

793   Median: 783

$18,476 spent per student ($339,402 total expenditures)

Districts with similar spending per student
Linns Valley-Poso Flat Union $18,836
Union Joint Elementary $18,568
Twin Ridges Elementary $18,518
Plum Valley Elementary $18,476
Pine Ridge Elementary $18,437
La Grange Elementary $17,858
Shoreline Unified $17,791
Spending per student
in districts with similar attendance
Desert Center Unified (18.00) $39,282
Indian Springs Elementary (15.20) $33,451
Whitmore Union Elementary (18.50) $25,154
Feather Falls Union Elementary (18.60) $18,896
Plum Valley Elementary (18.40) $18,476
French Gulch-Whiskeytown Elementary (18.40) $16,512
Klamath River Union Elementary (18.10) $14,400
Spending per student in adjacent districts
Mineral Elementary $47,977
Plum Valley Elementary $18,476
Manton Joint Union Elementary $14,857
Bend Elementary $9,597
Anderson Union High $9,261
Cottonwood Union Elementary $8,429
Lassen View Union Elementary $8,222

793 API score in 2010

Districts with similar API scores in 2010
Mark Twain Union Elementary 794
Bass Lake Joint Union Elementary 794
Saint Helena Unified 793
Plum Valley Elementary 793
Rockford Elementary 792
San Jose Unified 792
Rowland Unified 792
API scores in 2010
in districts with similar attendance
Whitmore Union Elementary (18.50) 915
Indian Springs Elementary (15.20) 852
Plum Valley Elementary (18.40) 793
Klamath River Union Elementary (18.10) 735
Desert Center Unified (18.00) 611
Feather Falls Union Elementary (18.60) 554
French Gulch-Whiskeytown Elementary (18.40) N/A
API scores in 2010 in adjacent districts
Lassen View Union Elementary 879
Cottonwood Union Elementary 816
Plum Valley Elementary 793
Bend Elementary 770
Anderson Union High 743
Manton Joint Union Elementary 730
Mineral Elementary 687
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