California school district spending and test scores

Lone Pine 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 Lone Pine Unified compare to other California districts?

Spending per student

$14,207   Median: $8,234

API score in 2010

738   Median: 783

$14,207 spent per student ($5.6 million total expenditures)

Districts with similar spending per student
Monte Rio Union Elementary $14,280
Panoche Elementary $14,232
Mendocino Unified $14,211
Lone Pine Unified $14,207
San Pasqual Valley Unified $14,028
Lincoln Elementary $13,816
Coast Unified $13,775
Spending per student
in districts with similar attendance
Montecito Union Elementary (390.20) $21,048
Lone Pine Unified (391.50) $14,207
Maxwell Unified (389.00) $9,404
Bella Vista Elementary (392.80) $8,258
Le Grand Union Elementary (398.00) $8,216
Sunnyside Union Elementary (396.10) $7,872
Janesville Union Elementary (390.00) $7,545
Spending per student in adjacent districts
Owens Valley Unified $39,228
Death Valley Unified $27,770
Hot Springs Elementary $24,183
Trona Joint Unified $14,915
Lone Pine Unified $14,207
Woodlake Union High $9,470
Cutler-Orosi Joint Unified $8,950
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738 API score in 2010

Districts with similar API scores in 2010
Los Olivos Elementary 739
San Lorenzo Unified 739
Cloverdale Unified 739
Lone Pine Unified 738
Oroville City Elementary 737
Lodi Unified 737
Pierce Joint Unified 737
API scores in 2010
in districts with similar attendance
Montecito Union Elementary (390.20) 936
Janesville Union Elementary (390.00) 840
Bella Vista Elementary (392.80) 814
Maxwell Unified (389.00) 776
Le Grand Union Elementary (398.00) 751
Lone Pine Unified (391.50) 738
Sunnyside Union Elementary (396.10) 708
API scores in 2010 in adjacent districts
Springville Union Elementary 812
Three Rivers Union Elementary 792
Sierra Sands Unified 788
Owens Valley Unified 754
Porterville Unified 743
Lone Pine Unified 738
Death Valley 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