California school district spending and test scores

Larkspur 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 Larkspur Elementary compare to other California districts?

Spending per student

$10,438   Median: $8,234

API score in 2010

920   Median: 783

$10,438 spent per student ($12.7 million total expenditures)

Districts with similar spending per student
Burrel Union Elementary $10,509
Cayucos Elementary $10,493
Wheatland Elementary $10,461
Larkspur Elementary $10,438
Yreka Union High $10,434
Buellton Union Elementary $10,410
Two Rock Union Elementary $10,406
Spending per student
in districts with similar attendance
Las Lomitas Elementary (1,199.70) $13,163
Reed Union Elementary (1,195.50) $12,591
Larkspur Elementary (1,219.00) $10,438
Sonora Union High (1,230.50) $9,338
Palermo Union Elementary (1,251.40) $8,278
Hermosa Beach City Elementary (1,202.90) $7,527
Lakeside Union Elementary (1,250.40) $7,454
Spending per student in adjacent districts
Reed Union Elementary $12,591
San Rafael City High $11,900
Kentfield Elementary $10,931
Larkspur Elementary $10,438
Mill Valley Elementary $10,357
San Francisco Unified $9,715
West Contra Costa Unified $8,899
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920 API score in 2010

Districts with similar API scores in 2010
Garfield Elementary 922
Los Gatos Union Elementary 921
Ross Valley Elementary 920
Larkspur Elementary 920
Latrobe Elementary 918
San Ramon Valley Unified 916
Irvine Unified 916
API scores in 2010
in districts with similar attendance
Las Lomitas Elementary (1,199.70) 963
Reed Union Elementary (1,195.50) 953
Hermosa Beach City Elementary (1,202.90) 936
Larkspur Elementary (1,219.00) 920
Lakeside Union Elementary (1,250.40) 773
Palermo Union Elementary (1,251.40) 759
Sonora Union High (1,230.50) 734
API scores in 2010 in adjacent districts
Reed Union Elementary 953
Kentfield Elementary 940
Mill Valley Elementary 932
Larkspur Elementary 920
San Rafael City Elementary 796
San Francisco Unified 791
San Rafael City High 765
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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