California school district spending and test scores

Lemoore 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 Lemoore Union Elementary compare to other California districts?

Spending per student

$6,993   Median: $8,234

API score in 2010

743   Median: 783

$6,993 spent per student ($20.9 million total expenditures)

Districts with similar spending per student
Manzanita Elementary $7,004
Rio Bravo-Greeley Union Elementary $6,995
Pioneer Union Elementary $6,995
Lemoore Union Elementary $6,993
Lagunita Elementary $6,991
Fountain Valley Elementary $6,981
Mountain View Elementary $6,977
Spending per student
in districts with similar attendance
Redding Elementary (2,990.60) $8,548
Coronado Unified (2,983.00) $8,497
Corcoran Joint Unified (2,994.70) $8,458
Pacifica School District (3,012.90) $7,319
Lowell Joint Elementary (2,969.70) $7,143
Lemoore Union Elementary (2,989.60) $6,993
Ripon Unified (2,936.40) $6,394
Spending per student in adjacent districts
Central Union Elementary $10,172
Hanford Joint Union High $7,717
Armona Union Elementary $7,366
Island Union Elementary $7,016
Pioneer Union Elementary $6,995
Lemoore Union Elementary $6,993
Kings River-Hardwick Union Elementary $6,593

743 API score in 2010

Districts with similar API scores in 2010
Liberty Elementary 743
Jurupa Unified 743
Adelanto Elementary 743
Lemoore Union Elementary 743
Mountain House Elementary 743
Porterville Unified 743
American Union Elementary 743
API scores in 2010
in districts with similar attendance
Coronado Unified (2,983.00) 888
Lowell Joint Elementary (2,969.70) 862
Pacifica School District (3,012.90) 842
Ripon Unified (2,936.40) 823
Redding Elementary (2,990.60) 798
Lemoore Union Elementary (2,989.60) 743
Corcoran Joint Unified (2,994.70) 725
API scores in 2010 in adjacent districts
Pioneer Union Elementary 847
Island Union Elementary 828
Central Union Elementary 825
Kings River-Hardwick Union Elementary 806
Lemoore Union Elementary 743
Armona Union Elementary 715
Hanford Joint Union High 707
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