California school district spending and test scores

Leggett Valley Unified 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 Leggett Valley Unified compare to other California districts?

Spending per student

$22,446   Median: $8,234

API score in 2010

752   Median: 783

$22,446 spent per student ($2.4 million total expenditures)

Districts with similar spending per student
Forks of Salmon Elementary $23,037
Eastern Sierra Unified $22,998
Coffee Creek Elementary $22,657
Leggett Valley Unified $22,446
Taft Union High $21,932
Vista Del Mar Union Elementary $21,904
Midway Elementary $21,888
Spending per student
in districts with similar attendance
Leggett Valley Unified (108.80) $22,446
Howell Mountain Elementary (105.00) $14,996
Bonny Doon Union Elementary (111.90) $13,186
Ballard Elementary (110.50) $12,696
San Ardo Union Elementary (107.10) $12,068
Magnolia Union Elementary (108.40) $7,907
Fieldbrook Elementary (110.90) $7,099
Spending per student in adjacent districts
Leggett Valley Unified $22,446
Laytonville Unified $11,098
Southern Humboldt Joint Unified $10,750
Fort Bragg Unified $9,523

752 API score in 2010

Districts with similar API scores in 2010
Alvord Unified 752
Tulelake Basin Joint Unified 752
Susanville Elementary 752
Leggett Valley Unified 752
Southern Trinity Joint Unified 752
Laytonville Unified 752
Bangor Union Elementary 752
API scores in 2010
in districts with similar attendance
Ballard Elementary (110.50) 948
Magnolia Union Elementary (108.40) 865
Bonny Doon Union Elementary (111.90) 862
Fieldbrook Elementary (110.90) 858
Howell Mountain Elementary (105.00) 783
Leggett Valley Unified (108.80) 752
San Ardo Union Elementary (107.10) 602
API scores in 2010 in adjacent districts
Southern Humboldt Joint Unified 769
Fort Bragg Unified 762
Leggett Valley Unified 752
Laytonville Unified 752
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