California school district spending and test scores

Long Beach 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 Long Beach Unified compare to other California districts?

Spending per student

$8,719   Median: $8,234

API score in 2010

759   Median: 783

$8,719 spent per student ($711.8 million total expenditures)

Districts with similar spending per student
Moraga Elementary $8,734
Graves Elementary $8,723
Colfax Elementary $8,723
Long Beach Unified $8,719
Cienega Union Elementary $8,718
Nevada Joint Union High $8,707
Mountain House Elementary $8,707
Spending per student
in districts with similar attendance
Los Angeles Unified (576,700.40) $10,015
San Diego Unified (110,420.40) $9,855
Fresno Unified (67,444.60) $9,199
Long Beach Unified (81,638.70) $8,719
Santa Ana Unified (51,936.20) $8,396
Elk Grove Unified (58,583.70) $8,057
Corona-Norco Unified (50,531.90) $7,303
Spending per student in adjacent districts
Compton Unified $10,586
Los Angeles Unified $10,015
Long Beach Unified $8,719
Paramount Unified $8,321
Huntington Beach Union High $8,284
Bellflower Unified $8,060
ABC Unified $7,815
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759 API score in 2010

Districts with similar API scores in 2010
Winters Joint Unified 759
Morongo Unified 759
Brittan Elementary 759
Long Beach Unified 759
Delhi Unified 759
Trinity Alps Unified 759
Montague Elementary 759
API scores in 2010
in districts with similar attendance
Corona-Norco Unified (50,531.90) 801
Elk Grove Unified (58,583.70) 791
San Diego Unified (110,420.40) 785
Long Beach Unified (81,638.70) 759
Santa Ana Unified (51,936.20) 723
Fresno Unified (67,444.60) 711
Los Angeles Unified (576,700.40) 709
API scores in 2010 in adjacent districts
Los Alamitos Unified 904
Huntington Beach City Elementary 889
Huntington Beach Union High 827
ABC Unified 822
Bellflower Unified 777
Long Beach Unified 759
Paramount Unified 733
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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