California school district spending and test scores

Valle Lindo 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 Valle Lindo Elementary compare to other California districts?

Spending per student

$7,357   Median: $8,234

API score in 2010

824   Median: 783

$7,357 spent per student ($8.1 million total expenditures)

Districts with similar spending per student
Susanville Elementary $7,360
Los Banos Unified $7,360
Los Alamos Elementary $7,359
Valle Lindo Elementary $7,357
Burlingame Elementary $7,356
Fowler Unified $7,355
Stanislaus Union Elementary $7,353
Spending per student
in districts with similar attendance
Wheatland Elementary (1,075.20) $10,461
Exeter Union High (1,079.30) $8,054
Edison Elementary (1,091.30) $7,718
Kingsburg Joint Union High (1,119.70) $7,665
Valle Lindo Elementary (1,103.50) $7,357
Mckinleyville Union Elementary (1,104.30) $7,336
Mccabe Union Elementary (1,116.00) $6,330
Spending per student in adjacent districts
Mountain View Elementary $9,232
Garvey Elementary $8,828
Whittier Union High $8,393
El Monte City Elementary $8,370
Montebello Unified $8,292
El Rancho Unified $8,184
Whittier City Elementary $7,625
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824 API score in 2010

Districts with similar API scores in 2010
Berryessa Union Elementary 824
Sylvan Union Elementary 824
Culver City Unified 824
Valle Lindo Elementary 824
East Whittier City Elementary 824
William S. Hart Union High 824
Pleasant Grove Joint Union Elementary 823
API scores in 2010
in districts with similar attendance
Mccabe Union Elementary (1,116.00) 864
Valle Lindo Elementary (1,103.50) 824
Wheatland Elementary (1,075.20) 823
Mckinleyville Union Elementary (1,104.30) 815
Kingsburg Joint Union High (1,119.70) 759
Exeter Union High (1,079.30) 745
Edison Elementary (1,091.30) 713
API scores in 2010 in adjacent districts
Valle Lindo Elementary 824
Garvey Elementary 804
Whittier Union High 765
El Monte City Elementary 760
Whittier City Elementary 755
El Rancho Unified 745
Mountain View Elementary 732
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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