California school district spending and test scores

Palo Verde 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 Palo Verde Union Elementary compare to other California districts?

Spending per student

$7,321   Median: $8,234

API score in 2010

764   Median: 783

$7,321 spent per student ($4.1 million total expenditures)

Districts with similar spending per student
Roseville Joint Union High $7,330
Kerman Unified $7,329
Chicago Park Elementary $7,328
Palo Verde Union Elementary $7,321
Pacifica School District $7,319
Bonsall Union Elementary $7,317
Central Unified $7,312
Spending per student
in districts with similar attendance
Shoreline Unified (548.00) $17,791
Los Molinos Unified (545.60) $9,591
Lost Hills Union Elementary (555.70) $8,029
Columbia Union Elementary (553.90) $7,881
Gold Oak Union Elementary (556.10) $7,737
Palo Verde Union Elementary (553.60) $7,321
Solvang Elementary (550.20) $6,206
Spending per student in adjacent districts
Corcoran Joint Unified $8,458
Tipton Elementary $8,229
Buena Vista Elementary $7,711
Palo Verde Union Elementary $7,321
Tulare City Elementary $7,174
Waukena Joint Union Elementary $6,074

764 API score in 2010

Districts with similar API scores in 2010
Whittier Union High 765
Los Alamos Elementary 765
Chawanakee Unified 764
Palo Verde Union Elementary 764
Redwood City Elementary 763
Alvina Elementary 763
Lucerne Elementary 763
API scores in 2010
in districts with similar attendance
Columbia Union Elementary (553.90) 842
Solvang Elementary (550.20) 841
Gold Oak Union Elementary (556.10) 837
Los Molinos Unified (545.60) 803
Shoreline Unified (548.00) 792
Palo Verde Union Elementary (553.60) 764
Lost Hills Union Elementary (555.70) 749
API scores in 2010 in adjacent districts
Buena Vista Elementary 781
Tulare City Elementary 772
Tipton Elementary 765
Palo Verde Union Elementary 764
Corcoran Joint Unified 725
Waukena Joint Union Elementary 679
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