California school district spending and test scores

Lincoln 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 Lincoln Elementary compare to other California districts?

Spending per student

$13,816   Median: $8,234

API score in 2010

791   Median: 783

$13,816 spent per student ($197,426 total expenditures)

Districts with similar spending per student
Mendocino Unified $14,211
Lone Pine Unified $14,207
San Pasqual Valley Unified $14,028
Lincoln Elementary $13,816
Coast Unified $13,775
Laguna Beach Unified $13,773
Emery Unified $13,680
Spending per student
in districts with similar attendance
Desert Center Unified (18.00) $39,282
Indian Springs Elementary (15.20) $33,451
Cox Bar Elementary (12.30) $26,617
Trinity Center Elementary (14.30) $21,220
Silver Fork Elementary (13.70) $19,251
La Grange Elementary (13.30) $17,858
Lincoln Elementary (14.30) $13,816
Spending per student in adjacent districts
Union Joint Elementary $18,568
Nicasio Elementary $17,059
Tamalpais Union High $15,100
Lincoln Elementary $13,816
Laguna Joint Elementary $11,120
Novato Unified $7,974

791 API score in 2010

Districts with similar API scores in 2010
Hacienda La Puente Unified 791
Middletown Unified 791
Bear Valley Unified 791
Lincoln Elementary 791
Elk Grove Unified 791
San Francisco Unified 791
Camptonville Elementary 790
API scores in 2010
in districts with similar attendance
Indian Springs Elementary (15.20) 852
La Grange Elementary (13.30) 819
Lincoln Elementary (14.30) 791
Desert Center Unified (18.00) 611
Trinity Center Elementary (14.30) N/A
Silver Fork Elementary (13.70) N/A
Cox Bar Elementary (12.30) N/A
API scores in 2010 in adjacent districts
Union Joint Elementary N/A
Laguna Joint Elementary 929
Nicasio Elementary 871
Tamalpais Union High 862
Novato Unified 827
Lincoln Elementary 791
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