California school district spending and test scores

Livermore Valley Joint Unified 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 Livermore Valley Joint Unified compare to other California districts?

Spending per student

$7,993   Median: $8,234

API score in 2010

822   Median: 783

$7,993 spent per student ($98.6 million total expenditures)

Districts with similar spending per student
Campbell Union Elementary $8,005
Fortuna Union Elementary $7,999
Pittsburg Unified $7,995
Livermore Valley Joint Unified $7,993
Redondo Beach Unified $7,991
Liberty Elementary $7,990
Colusa Unified $7,985
Spending per student
in districts with similar attendance
Alum Rock Union Elementary (12,392.40) $8,735
Porterville Unified (12,104.50) $8,564
Salinas Union High (12,404.40) $8,250
New Haven Unified (12,423.30) $8,182
San Dieguito Union High (12,084.50) $8,108
Livermore Valley Joint Unified (12,333.30) $7,993
Etiwanda Elementary (12,287.40) $6,560
Spending per student in adjacent districts
Mountain House Elementary $8,707
Sunol Glen Unified $8,416
Mt. Diablo Unified $8,199
Livermore Valley Joint Unified $7,993
Dublin Unified $7,945
San Ramon Valley Unified $7,824
Byron Union Elementary $7,609
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822 API score in 2010

Districts with similar API scores in 2010
ABC Unified 822
Golden Valley Unified 822
Paradise Elementary 822
Livermore Valley Joint Unified 822
West Side Union Elementary 821
Castle Rock Union Elementary 821
Central Elementary 821
API scores in 2010
in districts with similar attendance
San Dieguito Union High (12,084.50) 877
Etiwanda Elementary (12,287.40) 872
Livermore Valley Joint Unified (12,333.30) 822
New Haven Unified (12,423.30) 777
Alum Rock Union Elementary (12,392.40) 746
Porterville Unified (12,104.50) 743
Salinas Union High (12,404.40) 701
API scores in 2010 in adjacent districts
San Ramon Valley Unified 916
Sunol Glen Unified 909
Pleasanton Unified 906
Dublin Unified 878
Brentwood Union Elementary 840
Jefferson Elementary 837
Milpitas Unified 831
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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