California school district spending and test scores

Lassen 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 Lassen Union High compare to other California districts?

Spending per student

$9,431   Median: $8,234

API score in 2010

734   Median: 783

$9,431 spent per student ($8.5 million total expenditures)

Districts with similar spending per student
Tulare Joint Union High $9,473
Orinda Union Elementary $9,473
Woodlake Union High $9,470
Lassen Union High $9,431
Arcata Elementary $9,415
Maxwell Unified $9,404
East Nicolaus Joint Union High $9,397
Spending per student
in districts with similar attendance
Klamath-Trinity Joint Unified (918.20) $15,244
Lassen Union High (906.60) $9,431
Terra Bella Union Elementary (878.10) $8,624
Chowchilla Union High (887.10) $8,384
Waugh Elementary (894.10) $7,600
Evergreen Union Elementary (919.60) $7,147
Bennett Valley Union Elementary (919.40) $6,908
Spending per student in adjacent districts
Surprise Valley Joint Unified $15,207
Sierra-Plumas Joint Unified $13,365
Fort Sage Unified $12,229
Big Valley Joint Unified $11,704
Plumas Unified $11,572
Westwood Unified $11,102
Fall River Joint Unified $10,535
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734 API score in 2010

Districts with similar API scores in 2010
John Swett Unified 734
Kings River Union Elementary 734
Barstow Unified 734
Lassen Union High 734
Bassett Unified 734
Sonora Union High 734
Wheatland Union High 733
API scores in 2010
in districts with similar attendance
Waugh Elementary (894.10) 903
Bennett Valley Union Elementary (919.40) 883
Evergreen Union Elementary (919.60) 864
Lassen Union High (906.60) 734
Terra Bella Union Elementary (878.10) 715
Chowchilla Union High (887.10) 711
Klamath-Trinity Joint Unified (918.20) 682
API scores in 2010 in adjacent districts
Plumas Unified 811
Sierra-Plumas Joint Unified 794
Surprise Valley Joint Unified 788
Fall River Joint Unified 780
Big Valley Joint Unified 770
Modoc Joint Unified 762
Lassen Union High 734
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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