California school district spending and test scores

Lynwood 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 Lynwood Unified compare to other California districts?

Spending per student

$8,061   Median: $8,234

API score in 2010

689   Median: 783

$8,061 spent per student ($125.3 million total expenditures)

Districts with similar spending per student
Old Adobe Union Elementary $8,074
La Mesa-Spring Valley $8,069
Nuestro Elementary $8,063
Lynwood Unified $8,061
Bellflower Unified $8,060
Heber Elementary $8,059
Oxnard Elementary $8,058
Spending per student
in districts with similar attendance
Pajaro Valley Unified (16,837.60) $9,271
Huntington Beach Union High (15,399.80) $8,284
Rowland Unified (15,389.50) $8,088
Lynwood Unified (15,549.10) $8,061
Ventura Unified (16,690.20) $7,855
Panama-Buena Vista Union Elementary (15,753.80) $7,136
Tracy Joint Unified (15,474.10) $7,129
Spending per student in adjacent districts
Compton Unified $10,586
Los Angeles Unified $10,015
Paramount Unified $8,321
Lynwood Unified $8,061
Downey Unified $7,572

689 API score in 2010

Districts with similar API scores in 2010
Wasco Union High 690
King City Joint Union High 689
Hope Elementary 689
Lynwood Unified 689
Ravenswood City Elementary 688
Burrel Union Elementary 687
Mineral Elementary 687
API scores in 2010
in districts with similar attendance
Huntington Beach Union High (15,399.80) 827
Ventura Unified (16,690.20) 800
Rowland Unified (15,389.50) 792
Panama-Buena Vista Union Elementary (15,753.80) 790
Tracy Joint Unified (15,474.10) 756
Pajaro Valley Unified (16,837.60) 713
Lynwood Unified (15,549.10) 689
API scores in 2010 in adjacent districts
Downey Unified 771
Paramount Unified 733
Los Angeles Unified 709
Lynwood Unified 689
Compton Unified 679
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