California school district spending and test scores

Lucerne 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 Lucerne Elementary compare to other California districts?

Spending per student

$8,673   Median: $8,234

API score in 2010

763   Median: 783

$8,673 spent per student ($2.1 million total expenditures)

Districts with similar spending per student
Mcfarland Unified $8,704
Denair Unified $8,700
Redwood City Elementary $8,696
Lucerne Elementary $8,673
East Side Union High $8,671
North Cow Creek Elementary $8,669
Calexico Unified $8,668
Spending per student
in districts with similar attendance
Geyserville Unified (239.00) $12,459
Potter Valley Community Unified (238.00) $11,708
Harmony Union Elementary (225.20) $11,353
Lucerne Elementary (237.30) $8,673
Millville Elementary (237.00) $7,712
Clay Joint Elementary (229.00) $6,367
Los Olivos Elementary (238.10) $6,334
Spending per student in adjacent districts
Konocti Unified $9,053
Lucerne Elementary $8,673
Lakeport Unified $8,372
Kelseyville Unified $8,270

763 API score in 2010

Districts with similar API scores in 2010
Exeter Union Elementary 763
Briggs Elementary 763
Delphic Elementary 763
Lucerne Elementary 763
Alvina Elementary 763
Bret Harte Union High 763
Dehesa Elementary 763
API scores in 2010
in districts with similar attendance
Millville Elementary (237.00) 906
Clay Joint Elementary (229.00) 871
Harmony Union Elementary (225.20) 863
Geyserville Unified (239.00) 776
Lucerne Elementary (237.30) 763
Los Olivos Elementary (238.10) 739
Potter Valley Community Unified (238.00) 728
API scores in 2010 in adjacent districts
Lakeport Unified 779
Lucerne Elementary 763
Kelseyville Unified 725
Konocti Unified 681
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