California school district spending and test scores

Big Lagoon Union Elementary 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 Big Lagoon Union Elementary compare to other California districts?

Spending per student

$9,526   Median: $8,234

API score in 2010

866   Median: 783

$9,526 spent per student ($489,040 total expenditures)

Districts with similar spending per student
McCloud Union Elementary $9,549
Santa Ynez Valley Union High $9,547
Cuddeback Union Elementary $9,532
Big Lagoon Union Elementary $9,526
Fort Bragg Unified $9,523
Riverbank Unified $9,521
Bassett Unified $9,516
Spending per student
in districts with similar attendance
Mattole Unified (45.60) $31,771
Nicasio Elementary (47.00) $17,059
Manchester Union Elementary (52.70) $15,470
Bradley Union Elementary (53.50) $13,345
Big Lagoon Union Elementary (51.30) $9,526
Gazelle Union Elementary (52.20) $9,178
Mountain House Elementary (47.30) $8,707
Spending per student in adjacent districts
Green Point Elementary $21,436
Orick Elementary $20,955
Klamath-Trinity Joint Unified $15,244
Big Lagoon Union Elementary $9,526
Trinidad Union Elementary $7,804

866 API score in 2010

Districts with similar API scores in 2010
Conejo Valley Unified 866
Saugus Union Elementary 866
Roseville City Elementary 866
Big Lagoon Union Elementary 866
Clovis Unified 866
Two Rock Union Elementary 866
Magnolia Union Elementary 865
API scores in 2010
in districts with similar attendance
Nicasio Elementary (47.00) 871
Big Lagoon Union Elementary (51.30) 866
Bradley Union Elementary (53.50) 843
Gazelle Union Elementary (52.20) 762
Manchester Union Elementary (52.70) 752
Mountain House Elementary (47.30) 743
Mattole Unified (45.60) 728
API scores in 2010 in adjacent districts
Green Point Elementary N/A
Big Lagoon Union Elementary 866
Trinidad Union Elementary 829
Orick Elementary 691
Klamath-Trinity Joint Unified 682
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