California school district spending and test scores

Lagunitas 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 Lagunitas Elementary compare to other California districts?

Spending per student

$10,868   Median: $8,234

API score in 2010

774   Median: 783

$10,868 spent per student ($2.9 million total expenditures)

Districts with similar spending per student
Kentfield Elementary $10,931
Jefferson Elementary $10,916
Anderson Valley Unified $10,891
Lagunitas Elementary $10,868
Sierra Unified $10,845
Maricopa Unified $10,844
Upper Lake Union High $10,785
Spending per student
in districts with similar attendance
Trona Joint Unified (280.00) $14,915
Lagunitas Elementary (270.30) $10,868
Maricopa Unified (267.40) $10,844
Guerneville Elementary (280.50) $9,389
South Fork Union Elementary (269.00) $9,326
Banta Elementary (280.30) $7,973
Manzanita Elementary (267.70) $7,004
Spending per student in adjacent districts
Bolinas-Stinson Union Elementary $27,794
Shoreline Unified $17,791
Nicasio Elementary $17,059
San Rafael City High $11,900
Kentfield Elementary $10,931
Lagunitas Elementary $10,868
Dixie Elementary $9,761
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774 API score in 2010

Districts with similar API scores in 2010
Atwater Elementary 774
Linden Unified 774
Cucamonga Elementary 774
Lagunitas Elementary 774
Burton Elementary 774
Hughson Unified 774
Lakeside Union Elementary 773
API scores in 2010
in districts with similar attendance
Manzanita Elementary (267.70) 879
Guerneville Elementary (280.50) 851
Banta Elementary (280.30) 776
Lagunitas Elementary (270.30) 774
South Fork Union Elementary (269.00) 755
Trona Joint Unified (280.00) 708
Maricopa Unified (267.40) 649
API scores in 2010 in adjacent districts
Kentfield Elementary 940
Ross Valley Elementary 920
Dixie Elementary 896
Nicasio Elementary 871
Bolinas-Stinson Union Elementary 816
Shoreline Unified 792
Lagunitas Elementary 774
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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