California school district spending and test scores

Lawndale 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 Lawndale Elementary compare to other California districts?

Spending per student

$8,390   Median: $8,234

API score in 2010

794   Median: 783

$8,390 spent per student ($47.1 million total expenditures)

Districts with similar spending per student
Santa Ana Unified $8,396
Whittier Union High $8,393
American Union Elementary $8,392
Lawndale Elementary $8,390
Woodville Union Elementary $8,388
Chowchilla Union High $8,384
Wheatland Union High $8,378
Spending per student
in districts with similar attendance
Dinuba Unified (5,599.90) $8,418
Lawndale Elementary (5,616.80) $8,390
Monrovia Unified (5,700.70) $8,306
National Elementary (5,566.00) $8,128
Sulphur Springs Union Elementary (5,575.50) $8,037
Jefferson Elementary (5,737.90) $7,273
Brea-Olinda Unified (5,723.70) $7,271
Spending per student in adjacent districts
Los Angeles Unified $10,015
Lawndale Elementary $8,390
Redondo Beach Unified $7,991
Hawthorne Elementary $7,806
Torrance Unified $7,505
Wiseburn Elementary $6,884

794 API score in 2010

Districts with similar API scores in 2010
Oakdale Joint Unified 794
Mark Twain Union Elementary 794
Bass Lake Joint Union Elementary 794
Lawndale Elementary 794
Sierra-Plumas Joint Unified 794
Plum Valley Elementary 793
Saint Helena Unified 793
API scores in 2010
in districts with similar attendance
Brea-Olinda Unified (5,723.70) 864
Sulphur Springs Union Elementary (5,575.50) 828
Monrovia Unified (5,700.70) 797
Lawndale Elementary (5,616.80) 794
National Elementary (5,566.00) 789
Jefferson Elementary (5,737.90) 779
Dinuba Unified (5,599.90) 733
API scores in 2010 in adjacent districts
Redondo Beach Unified 868
Torrance Unified 853
Wiseburn Elementary 843
Lawndale Elementary 794
Hawthorne Elementary 785
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