California school district spending and test scores

Laguna 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 Laguna Joint Elementary compare to other California districts?

Spending per student

$11,120   Median: $8,234

API score in 2010

929   Median: 783

$11,120 spent per student ($315,482 total expenditures)

Districts with similar spending per student
Loma Prieta Joint Union Elementary $11,201
Shandon Joint Unified $11,188
Beverly Hills Unified $11,122
Laguna Joint Elementary $11,120
Solana Beach Elementary $11,112
Westwood Unified $11,102
Laytonville Unified $11,098
Spending per student
in districts with similar attendance
Belridge Elementary (26.40) $42,094
Spencer Valley Elementary (29.30) $16,455
Manton Joint Union Elementary (29.70) $14,857
Bitterwater-Tully Union Elementary (28.70) $14,453
Seiad Elementary (28.10) $12,131
Laguna Joint Elementary (28.40) $11,120
Little Shasta Elementary (26.70) $9,951
Spending per student in adjacent districts
Union Joint Elementary $18,568
Shoreline Unified $17,791
Nicasio Elementary $17,059
Tamalpais Union High $15,100
Lincoln Elementary $13,816
Laguna Joint Elementary $11,120
Two Rock Union Elementary $10,406
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929 API score in 2010

Districts with similar API scores in 2010
Menlo Park City Elementary 933
Mill Valley Elementary 932
Cardiff Elementary 931
Laguna Joint Elementary 929
Manhattan Beach Unified 926
Piedmont City Unified 925
Palo Alto Unified 925
API scores in 2010
in districts with similar attendance
Spencer Valley Elementary (29.30) 934
Laguna Joint Elementary (28.40) 929
Bitterwater-Tully Union Elementary (28.70) 855
Seiad Elementary (28.10) 854
Belridge Elementary (26.40) 815
Little Shasta Elementary (26.70) 782
Manton Joint Union Elementary (29.70) 730
API scores in 2010 in adjacent districts
Union Joint Elementary N/A
Laguna Joint Elementary 929
Wilmar Union Elementary 876
Nicasio Elementary 871
Two Rock Union Elementary 866
Tamalpais Union High 862
Novato Unified 827
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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