California school district spending and test scores

Lowell Joint 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 Lowell Joint Elementary compare to other California districts?

Spending per student

$7,143   Median: $8,234

API score in 2010

862   Median: 783

$7,143 spent per student ($21.2 million total expenditures)

Districts with similar spending per student
Liberty Elementary $7,168
Pleasant Valley School $7,167
Evergreen Union Elementary $7,147
Lowell Joint Elementary $7,143
Pacific Union Elementary $7,136
Panama-Buena Vista Union Elementary $7,136
Atascadero Unified $7,135
Spending per student
in districts with similar attendance
Redding Elementary (2,990.60) $8,548
Coronado Unified (2,983.00) $8,497
Rosemead Elementary (2,900.30) $8,183
Empire Union Elementary (2,891.80) $7,901
Lowell Joint Elementary (2,969.70) $7,143
Lemoore Union Elementary (2,989.60) $6,993
Ripon Unified (2,936.40) $6,394
Spending per student in adjacent districts
East Whittier City Elementary $9,584
Whittier Union High $8,393
Hacienda La Puente Unified $8,356
Norwalk-La Mirada Unified $8,301
Rowland Unified $8,088
La Habra City Elementary $7,805
Fullerton Elementary $7,290
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862 API score in 2010

Districts with similar API scores in 2010
Capistrano Unified 862
Lammersville Elementary 862
Oak View Union Elementary 862
Lowell Joint Elementary 862
Big Creek Elementary 862
Burnt Ranch Elementary 862
Bonny Doon Union Elementary 862
API scores in 2010
in districts with similar attendance
Coronado Unified (2,983.00) 888
Lowell Joint Elementary (2,969.70) 862
Rosemead Elementary (2,900.30) 840
Ripon Unified (2,936.40) 823
Redding Elementary (2,990.60) 798
Empire Union Elementary (2,891.80) 778
Lemoore Union Elementary (2,989.60) 743
API scores in 2010 in adjacent districts
Lowell Joint Elementary 862
Fullerton Elementary 855
East Whittier City Elementary 824
Rowland Unified 792
Hacienda La Puente Unified 791
Whittier Union High 765
La Habra City Elementary 760
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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