California school district spending and test scores

Le Grand Union 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 Le Grand Union Elementary compare to other California districts?

Spending per student

$8,216   Median: $8,234

API score in 2010

751   Median: 783

$8,216 spent per student ($3.3 million total expenditures)

Districts with similar spending per student
Los Nietos Elementary $8,222
Modesto City Schools $8,219
Oroville Union High $8,218
Le Grand Union Elementary $8,216
Golden Valley Unified $8,210
Santa Paula Union High $8,208
Desert Sands Unified $8,203
Spending per student
in districts with similar attendance
Lone Pine Unified (391.50) $14,207
Seeley Union Elementary (399.70) $9,193
Kit Carson Union Elementary (401.70) $9,173
Bayshore Elementary (404.70) $8,884
Bella Vista Elementary (392.80) $8,258
Le Grand Union Elementary (398.00) $8,216
Sunnyside Union Elementary (396.10) $7,872
Spending per student in adjacent districts
Raymond-Knowles Union Elementary $12,067
Mariposa County Unified $9,101
Planada Elementary $8,477
Chowchilla Union High $8,384
Le Grand Union Elementary $8,216
Chowchilla Elementary $7,074
Plainsburg Union Elementary $5,874

751 API score in 2010

Districts with similar API scores in 2010
Natomas Unified 751
Robla Elementary 751
Dixon Unified 751
Le Grand Union Elementary 751
Brawley Elementary 751
Arcohe Union Elementary 751
Strathmore Union Elementary 751
API scores in 2010
in districts with similar attendance
Bella Vista Elementary (392.80) 814
Kit Carson Union Elementary (401.70) 760
Le Grand Union Elementary (398.00) 751
Lone Pine Unified (391.50) 738
Bayshore Elementary (404.70) 720
Seeley Union Elementary (399.70) 714
Sunnyside Union Elementary (396.10) 708
API scores in 2010 in adjacent districts
Plainsburg Union Elementary 863
Mariposa County Unified 797
Raymond-Knowles Union Elementary 770
Chowchilla Elementary 753
Le Grand Union Elementary 751
Planada Elementary 739
Chowchilla Union High 711
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