California school district spending and test scores

Lost Hills 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 Lost Hills Union Elementary compare to other California districts?

Spending per student

$8,029   Median: $8,234

API score in 2010

749   Median: 783

$8,029 spent per student ($4.5 million total expenditures)

Districts with similar spending per student
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
Lemon Grove Elementary $8,019
Spending per student
in districts with similar attendance
Brisbane Elementary (558.90) $10,634
Lost Hills Union Elementary (555.70) $8,029
Columbia Union Elementary (553.90) $7,881
Mt. Shasta Union Elementary (571.30) $7,824
Gold Oak Union Elementary (556.10) $7,737
Palo Verde Union Elementary (553.60) $7,321
Solvang Elementary (550.20) $6,206
Spending per student in adjacent districts
Belridge Elementary $42,094
Taft Union High $21,932
Shandon Joint Unified $11,188
Mckittrick Elementary $11,050
Delano Joint Union High $9,667
Kern Union High $9,109
Corcoran Joint Unified $8,458
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749 API score in 2010

Districts with similar API scores in 2010
Caruthers Unified 749
Silver Valley Unified 749
Paradise Unified 749
Lost Hills Union Elementary 749
Cinnabar Elementary 749
Merced River Union Elementary 749
Cascade Union Elementary 748
API scores in 2010
in districts with similar attendance
Mt. Shasta Union Elementary (571.30) 874
Columbia Union Elementary (553.90) 842
Solvang Elementary (550.20) 841
Gold Oak Union Elementary (556.10) 837
Brisbane Elementary (558.90) 801
Palo Verde Union Elementary (553.60) 764
Lost Hills Union Elementary (555.70) 749
API scores in 2010 in adjacent districts
Mckittrick Elementary 846
Pond Union Elementary 816
Belridge Elementary 815
Atascadero Unified 804
Shandon Joint Unified 755
Lost Hills Union Elementary 749
Delano Joint Union High 748
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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