California school district spending and test scores

Laton 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 Laton Joint Unified compare to other California districts?

Spending per student

$8,032   Median: $8,234

API score in 2010

725   Median: 783

$8,032 spent per student ($5.6 million total expenditures)

Districts with similar spending per student
Sulphur Springs Union Elementary $8,037
Buena Park Elementary $8,034
Aromas/San Juan Unified $8,033
Laton Joint Unified $8,032
Lost Hills Union Elementary $8,029
Washington Colony Elementary $8,026
Alview-Dairyland Union Elementary $8,023
Spending per student
in districts with similar attendance
San Pasqual Valley Unified (689.20) $14,028
Richgrove Elementary (690.80) $10,998
Buellton Union Elementary (700.10) $10,410
Trinity Alps Unified (700.30) $10,365
Laton Joint Unified (697.00) $8,032
Hart-Ransom Union Elementary (687.10) $7,340
Sundale Union Elementary (697.30) $7,296
Spending per student in adjacent districts
Riverdale Joint Unified $8,578
Caruthers Unified $8,489
Monroe Elementary $8,465
Selma Unified $8,313
Laton Joint Unified $8,032
Hanford Joint Union High $7,717
Kingsburg Joint Union High $7,665
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725 API score in 2010

Districts with similar API scores in 2010
Ocean View Elementary 725
Corcoran Joint Unified 725
Twin Rivers Unified 725
Laton Joint Unified 725
Kelseyville Unified 725
Monson-Sultana Joint Union Elementary 725
Ravendale-Termo Elementary 725
API scores in 2010
in districts with similar attendance
Buellton Union Elementary (700.10) 845
Sundale Union Elementary (697.30) 845
Hart-Ransom Union Elementary (687.10) 808
Trinity Alps Unified (700.30) 759
Laton Joint Unified (697.00) 725
Richgrove Elementary (690.80) 682
San Pasqual Valley Unified (689.20) 657
API scores in 2010 in adjacent districts
Kings River-Hardwick Union Elementary 806
Riverdale Joint Unified 795
Monroe Elementary 783
Selma Unified 773
Kingsburg Joint Union High 759
Caruthers Unified 749
Laton Joint Unified 725
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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