California school district spending and test scores

Lake Tahoe 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 Lake Tahoe Unified compare to other California districts?

Spending per student

$8,800   Median: $8,234

API score in 2010

781   Median: 783

$8,800 spent per student ($32.1 million total expenditures)

Districts with similar spending per student
Woodlake Union Elementary $8,802
Happy Valley Union Elementary $8,801
Victor Valley Union High $8,801
Lake Tahoe Unified $8,800
Alta-Dutch Flat Union Elementary $8,796
Yosemite Unified $8,790
Cloverdale Unified $8,785
Spending per student
in districts with similar attendance
Tamalpais Union High (3,593.20) $15,100
Tahoe-Truckee Joint Unified (3,659.20) $11,323
Lake Tahoe Unified (3,648.00) $8,800
Eureka City Unified (3,659.40) $8,469
Albany City Unified (3,660.20) $8,356
Fillmore Unified (3,629.20) $7,907
South Whittier Elementary (3,592.70) $7,768
Spending per student in adjacent districts
Alpine County Unified $29,954
Silver Fork Elementary $19,251
Tahoe-Truckee Joint Unified $11,323
Lake Tahoe Unified $8,800
Black Oak Mine Unified $8,572
Pollock Pines Elementary $8,328
El Dorado Union High $7,846
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781 API score in 2010

Districts with similar API scores in 2010
Outside Creek Elementary 781
Riverside Unified 781
South Bay Union Elementary 781
Lake Tahoe Unified 781
Carpinteria Unified 781
Buena Vista Elementary 781
Val Verde Unified 780
API scores in 2010
in districts with similar attendance
Albany City Unified (3,660.20) 878
Tamalpais Union High (3,593.20) 862
Tahoe-Truckee Joint Unified (3,659.20) 806
Lake Tahoe Unified (3,648.00) 781
Eureka City Unified (3,659.40) 766
Fillmore Unified (3,629.20) 720
South Whittier Elementary (3,592.70) 720
API scores in 2010 in adjacent districts
Silver Fork Elementary N/A
El Dorado Union High 829
Pollock Pines Elementary 813
Tahoe-Truckee Joint Unified 806
Black Oak Mine Unified 797
Amador County Unified 787
Lake Tahoe Unified 781
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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