California school district spending and test scores

Pleasant Valley School 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 Valley School compare to other California districts?

Spending per student

$7,167   Median: $8,234

API score in 2010

863   Median: 783

$7,167 spent per student ($44.7 million total expenditures)

Districts with similar spending per student
Huntington Beach City Elementary $7,178
Tulare City Elementary $7,174
Liberty Elementary $7,168
Pleasant Valley School $7,167
Evergreen Union Elementary $7,147
Lowell Joint Elementary $7,143
Pacific Union Elementary $7,136
Spending per student
in districts with similar attendance
Sunnyvale Elementary (6,118.20) $9,341
Western Placer Unified (6,141.30) $7,914
Whittier City Elementary (6,329.40) $7,625
Manhattan Beach Unified (6,363.30) $7,467
Santee Elementary (6,209.30) $7,281
Pleasant Valley School (6,231.10) $7,167
Alta Loma Elementary (6,244.80) $7,012
Spending per student in adjacent districts
Somis Union Elementary $7,899
Ocean View Elementary $7,766
Conejo Valley Unified $7,687
Mesa Union Elementary $7,617
Rio Elementary $7,583
Moorpark Unified $7,380
Pleasant Valley School $7,167

863 API score in 2010

Districts with similar API scores in 2010
Evergreen Union Elementary 864
Harmony Union Elementary 863
Plainsburg Union Elementary 863
Pleasant Valley School 863
Burnt Ranch Elementary 862
Big Creek Elementary 862
Lammersville Elementary 862
API scores in 2010
in districts with similar attendance
Manhattan Beach Unified (6,363.30) 926
Pleasant Valley School (6,231.10) 863
Santee Elementary (6,209.30) 860
Alta Loma Elementary (6,244.80) 858
Western Placer Unified (6,141.30) 816
Sunnyvale Elementary (6,118.20) 796
Whittier City Elementary (6,329.40) 755
API scores in 2010 in adjacent districts
Conejo Valley Unified 866
Pleasant Valley School 863
Mesa Union Elementary 854
Moorpark Unified 836
Somis Union Elementary 760
Ocean View Elementary 725
Rio Elementary 716
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