California school district spending and test scores

Pixley 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 Pixley Union Elementary compare to other California districts?

Spending per student

$7,367   Median: $8,234

API score in 2010

677   Median: 783

$7,367 spent per student ($7.0 million total expenditures)

Districts with similar spending per student
Mother Lode Union Elementary $7,379
Murrieta Valley Unified $7,367
Oakdale Joint Unified $7,367
Pixley Union Elementary $7,367
Armona Union Elementary $7,366
Los Banos Unified $7,360
Susanville Elementary $7,360
Spending per student
in districts with similar attendance
Taft Union High (969.80) $21,932
Corning Union High (992.90) $9,001
Cottonwood Union Elementary (967.90) $8,429
Columbia Elementary (945.20) $7,719
Pixley Union Elementary (956.80) $7,367
Washington Union Elementary (948.20) $6,908
Spreckels Union Elementary (933.80) $6,322
Spending per student in adjacent districts
Alpaugh Unified $10,751
Delano Joint Union High $9,667
Earlimart Elementary $9,099
Saucelito Elementary $8,757
Corcoran Joint Unified $8,458
Tipton Elementary $8,229
Pleasant View Elementary $8,227
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677 API score in 2010

Districts with similar API scores in 2010
Waukena Joint Union Elementary 679
Westwood Unified 678
Caliente Union Elementary 677
Pixley Union Elementary 677
Horicon Elementary 676
Earlimart Elementary 675
Palo Verde Unified 674
API scores in 2010
in districts with similar attendance
Washington Union Elementary (948.20) 903
Spreckels Union Elementary (933.80) 855
Columbia Elementary (945.20) 841
Cottonwood Union Elementary (967.90) 816
Taft Union High (969.80) 715
Corning Union High (992.90) 697
Pixley Union Elementary (956.80) 677
API scores in 2010 in adjacent districts
Saucelito Elementary 777
Tipton Elementary 765
Delano Joint Union High 748
Corcoran Joint Unified 725
Pleasant View Elementary 701
Alpaugh Unified 683
Pixley Union Elementary 677
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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