California school district spending and test scores

Lakeside 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 Lakeside Union Elementary compare to other California districts?

Spending per student

$7,454   Median: $8,234

API score in 2010

773   Median: 783

$7,454 spent per student ($9.3 million total expenditures)

Districts with similar spending per student
Manhattan Beach Unified $7,467
Chaffey Joint Union High $7,465
King City Union Elementary $7,464
Lakeside Union Elementary $7,454
Twin Hills Union Elementary $7,453
Fremont Unified $7,449
Patterson Joint Unified $7,447
Spending per student
in districts with similar attendance
Larkspur Elementary (1,219.00) $10,438
Sonora Union High (1,230.50) $9,338
Palermo Union Elementary (1,251.40) $8,278
Mark West Union Elementary (1,268.20) $7,639
Hermosa Beach City Elementary (1,202.90) $7,527
Lakeside Union Elementary (1,250.40) $7,454
Piner-Olivet Union Elementary (1,271.90) $7,407
Spending per student in adjacent districts
Taft Union High $21,932
Elk Hills Elementary $11,719
Maricopa Unified $10,844
Taft City Elementary $8,047
Lakeside Union Elementary $7,454
Panama-Buena Vista Union Elementary $7,136

773 API score in 2010

Districts with similar API scores in 2010
Cucamonga Elementary 774
Oceanside Unified 773
Selma Unified 773
Lakeside Union Elementary 773
Windsor Unified 772
Franklin-McKinley Elementary 772
El Centro Elementary 772
API scores in 2010
in districts with similar attendance
Hermosa Beach City Elementary (1,202.90) 936
Larkspur Elementary (1,219.00) 920
Mark West Union Elementary (1,268.20) 854
Piner-Olivet Union Elementary (1,271.90) 808
Lakeside Union Elementary (1,250.40) 773
Palermo Union Elementary (1,251.40) 759
Sonora Union High (1,230.50) 734
API scores in 2010 in adjacent districts
Panama-Buena Vista Union Elementary 790
Lakeside Union Elementary 773
Taft Union High 715
Taft City Elementary 674
Maricopa Unified 649
Elk Hills Elementary 562
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