California school district spending and test scores

Lemoore Union High 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 High compare to other California districts?

Spending per student

$8,057   Median: $8,234

API score in 2010

736   Median: 783

$8,057 spent per student ($15.4 million total expenditures)

Districts with similar spending per student
Heber Elementary $8,059
Oxnard Elementary $8,058
Elk Grove Unified $8,057
Lemoore Union High $8,057
Riverside Unified $8,055
Exeter Union High $8,054
Alhambra Unified $8,047
Spending per student
in districts with similar attendance
King City Joint Union High (1,832.90) $9,893
Earlimart Elementary (1,919.60) $9,099
Ross Valley Elementary (1,911.30) $8,947
Golden Valley Unified (1,846.80) $8,210
Robla Elementary (1,893.70) $8,163
Lemoore Union High (1,908.10) $8,057
Exeter Union Elementary (1,913.40) $7,005
Spending per student in adjacent districts
Riverdale Joint Unified $8,578
Corcoran Joint Unified $8,458
Coalinga-Huron Joint Unified $8,245
Reef-Sunset Unified $8,129
Lemoore Union High $8,057
Hanford Joint Union High $7,717
Armona Union Elementary $7,366
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736 API score in 2010

Districts with similar API scores in 2010
Esparto Unified 736
Winship-Robbins School District 736
East Side Union High 736
Lemoore Union High 736
Marysville Joint Unified 736
Mountain Union Elementary 736
Pope Valley Union Elementary 736
API scores in 2010
in districts with similar attendance
Ross Valley Elementary (1,911.30) 920
Golden Valley Unified (1,846.80) 822
Exeter Union Elementary (1,913.40) 763
Robla Elementary (1,893.70) 751
Lemoore Union High (1,908.10) 736
King City Joint Union High (1,832.90) 689
Earlimart Elementary (1,919.60) 675
API scores in 2010 in adjacent districts
Pioneer Union Elementary 847
Kings River-Hardwick Union Elementary 806
Riverdale Joint Unified 795
Lemoore Union High 736
Corcoran Joint Unified 725
Armona Union Elementary 715
Hanford Joint Union High 707
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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