California school district spending and test scores

Lennox 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 Lennox Elementary compare to other California districts?

Spending per student

$9,759   Median: $8,234

API score in 2010

754   Median: 783

$9,759 spent per student ($51.9 million total expenditures)

Districts with similar spending per student
Pacific Elementary $9,781
Traver Joint Elementary $9,763
Dixie Elementary $9,761
Lennox Elementary $9,759
Twain Harte-Long Barn Union Elementary $9,718
San Francisco Unified $9,715
South Bay Union Elementary $9,694
Spending per student
in districts with similar attendance
Lennox Elementary (5,316.20) $9,759
Acalanes Union High (5,399.70) $9,327
El Centro Elementary (5,288.30) $8,346
Hollister Elementary (5,343.20) $8,089
San Gabriel Unified (5,291.50) $8,046
Hanford Elementary (5,283.70) $7,829
La Habra City Elementary (5,353.70) $7,805
Spending per student in adjacent districts
Los Angeles Unified $10,015
Lennox Elementary $9,759
Inglewood Unified $8,931
Hawthorne Elementary $7,806
Wiseburn Elementary $6,884

754 API score in 2010

Districts with similar API scores in 2010
San Miguel Joint Union Elementary 754
Mountain Valley Unified 754
Ceres Unified 754
Lennox Elementary 754
Owens Valley Unified 754
Norwalk-La Mirada Unified 754
Sacramento City Unified 753
API scores in 2010
in districts with similar attendance
Acalanes Union High (5,399.70) 899
San Gabriel Unified (5,291.50) 830
El Centro Elementary (5,288.30) 772
Hanford Elementary (5,283.70) 770
La Habra City Elementary (5,353.70) 760
Hollister Elementary (5,343.20) 760
Lennox Elementary (5,316.20) 754
API scores in 2010 in adjacent districts
Wiseburn Elementary 843
Hawthorne Elementary 785
Lennox Elementary 754
Inglewood Unified 711
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