California school district spending and test scores

Las Virgenes Unified 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 Las Virgenes Unified compare to other California districts?

Spending per student

$7,742   Median: $8,234

API score in 2010

882   Median: 783

$7,742 spent per student ($86.8 million total expenditures)

Districts with similar spending per student
Wasco Union Elementary $7,745
Vineland Elementary $7,745
Live Oak Unified $7,745
Las Virgenes Unified $7,742
Gold Oak Union Elementary $7,737
Burton Elementary $7,737
El Segundo Unified $7,733
Spending per student
in districts with similar attendance
Palo Alto Unified (11,252.30) $13,376
Santa Monica-Malibu Unified (11,111.00) $10,010
Oak Grove Elementary (11,196.30) $7,826
Las Virgenes Unified (11,207.30) $7,742
Upland Unified (11,487.40) $7,224
Vacaville Unified (11,390.90) $6,876
Victor Elementary (10,983.20) $6,739
Spending per student in adjacent districts
Los Angeles Unified $10,015
Santa Monica-Malibu Unified $10,010
Oak Park Unified $8,148
Las Virgenes Unified $7,742
Conejo Valley Unified $7,687
Simi Valley Unified $7,300

882 API score in 2010

Districts with similar API scores in 2010
Poway Unified 883
Bennett Valley Union Elementary 883
Vista Del Mar Union Elementary 882
Las Virgenes Unified 882
Hughes-Elizabeth Lakes Union Elementary 881
El Segundo Unified 881
Placer Hills Union Elementary 881
API scores in 2010
in districts with similar attendance
Palo Alto Unified (11,252.30) 925
Las Virgenes Unified (11,207.30) 882
Santa Monica-Malibu Unified (11,111.00) 844
Victor Elementary (10,983.20) 809
Upland Unified (11,487.40) 807
Oak Grove Elementary (11,196.30) 806
Vacaville Unified (11,390.90) 769
API scores in 2010 in adjacent districts
Oak Park Unified 916
Las Virgenes Unified 882
Conejo Valley Unified 866
Santa Monica-Malibu Unified 844
Simi Valley Unified 816
Los Angeles Unified 709
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