California school district spending and test scores

Liberty Union High 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 Liberty Union High compare to other California districts?

Spending per student

$7,519   Median: $8,234

API score in 2010

747   Median: 783

$7,519 spent per student ($50.8 million total expenditures)

Districts with similar spending per student
Chino Valley Unified $7,533
Linden Unified $7,530
Hermosa Beach City Elementary $7,527
Liberty Union High $7,519
Gold Trail Union Elementary $7,515
Folsom-Cordova Unified $7,515
William S. Hart Union High $7,507
Spending per student
in districts with similar attendance
San Luis Coastal Unified (6,713.10) $9,781
Newark Unified (6,578.30) $8,089
Washington Unified (6,792.50) $7,975
Liberty Union High (6,751.90) $7,519
Huntington Beach City Elementary (6,620.60) $7,178
Glendora Unified (6,815.50) $7,130
Newhall Elementary (6,850.10) $7,056
Spending per student in adjacent districts
River Delta Joint Unified $9,240
Mountain House Elementary $8,707
Mt. Diablo Unified $8,199
Lodi Unified $8,163
Livermore Valley Joint Unified $7,993
Antioch Unified $7,578
Liberty Union High $7,519
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747 API score in 2010

Districts with similar API scores in 2010
Anaheim Union High 748
Fallbrook Union High 747
Chaffey Joint Union High 747
Liberty Union High 747
Alum Rock Union Elementary 746
Exeter Union High 745
Standard Elementary 745
API scores in 2010
in districts with similar attendance
Newhall Elementary (6,850.10) 896
Huntington Beach City Elementary (6,620.60) 889
Glendora Unified (6,815.50) 854
San Luis Coastal Unified (6,713.10) 830
Newark Unified (6,578.30) 762
Liberty Union High (6,751.90) 747
Washington Unified (6,792.50) 741
API scores in 2010 in adjacent districts
Lammersville Elementary 862
Livermore Valley Joint Unified 822
Mt. Diablo Unified 784
Tracy Joint Unified 756
Liberty Union High 747
Mountain House Elementary 743
Lodi Unified 737
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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