California school district spending and test scores

Los Alamitos 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 Los Alamitos Unified compare to other California districts?

Spending per student

$6,878   Median: $8,234

API score in 2010

904   Median: 783

$6,878 spent per student ($63.6 million total expenditures)

Districts with similar spending per student
Wiseburn Elementary $6,884
Scotts Valley Unified $6,880
Rocklin Unified $6,879
Los Alamitos Unified $6,878
Vacaville Unified $6,876
Adelanto Elementary $6,874
Santa Rita Union Elementary $6,870
Spending per student
in districts with similar attendance
Alameda City Unified (9,373.50) $8,630
Kings Canyon Joint Unified (9,170.70) $8,569
Marysville Joint Unified (9,343.20) $7,916
Ocean View Elementary (9,275.90) $7,874
Roseville Joint Union High (9,243.10) $7,330
Los Alamitos Unified (9,249.00) $6,878
Roseville City Elementary (9,225.90) $6,697
Spending per student in adjacent districts
Long Beach Unified $8,719
Huntington Beach Union High $8,284
Garden Grove Unified $8,193
Anaheim Union High $8,168
Westminster Elementary $8,013
Ocean View Elementary $7,874
ABC Unified $7,815
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904 API score in 2010

Districts with similar API scores in 2010
Union Elementary 905
Encinitas Union Elementary 905
Belmont-Redwood Shores Elementary 904
Los Alamitos Unified 904
Washington Union Elementary 903
Waugh Elementary 903
San Carlos Elementary 899
API scores in 2010
in districts with similar attendance
Los Alamitos Unified (9,249.00) 904
Roseville City Elementary (9,225.90) 866
Ocean View Elementary (9,275.90) 857
Alameda City Unified (9,373.50) 833
Roseville Joint Union High (9,243.10) 811
Kings Canyon Joint Unified (9,170.70) 748
Marysville Joint Unified (9,343.20) 736
API scores in 2010 in adjacent districts
Los Alamitos Unified 904
Huntington Beach City Elementary 889
Cypress Elementary 877
Ocean View Elementary 857
Huntington Beach Union High 827
ABC Unified 822
Westminster Elementary 821
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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