California school district spending and test scores

Lake Elsinore 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 Lake Elsinore Unified compare to other California districts?

Spending per student

$7,574   Median: $8,234

API score in 2010

814   Median: 783

$7,574 spent per student ($157.8 million total expenditures)

Districts with similar spending per student
Claremont Unified $7,581
Centralia Elementary $7,578
Antioch Unified $7,578
Lake Elsinore Unified $7,574
Charter Oak Unified $7,573
Curtis Creek Elementary $7,573
Downey Unified $7,572
Spending per student
in districts with similar attendance
Newport-Mesa Unified (20,699.50) $10,669
Vista Unified (21,558.60) $8,522
Hemet Unified (20,812.80) $8,199
Lake Elsinore Unified (20,835.00) $7,574
Fairfield-Suisun Unified (20,620.00) $7,496
Murrieta Valley Unified (20,942.30) $7,367
Tustin Unified (21,589.20) $7,096
Spending per student in adjacent districts
Perris Union High $8,601
Perris Elementary $7,653
Lake Elsinore Unified $7,574
Saddleback Valley Unified $7,472
Murrieta Valley Unified $7,367
Corona-Norco Unified $7,303
Orange Unified $7,208
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814 API score in 2010

Districts with similar API scores in 2010
Mountain View Elementary 814
Alhambra Unified 814
Forestville Union Elementary 814
Lake Elsinore Unified 814
Bella Vista Elementary 814
Sierra Unified 813
Pollock Pines Elementary 813
API scores in 2010
in districts with similar attendance
Tustin Unified (21,589.20) 850
Murrieta Valley Unified (20,942.30) 837
Newport-Mesa Unified (20,699.50) 820
Lake Elsinore Unified (20,835.00) 814
Vista Unified (21,558.60) 785
Hemet Unified (20,812.80) 753
Fairfield-Suisun Unified (20,620.00) 750
API scores in 2010 in adjacent districts
Saddleback Valley Unified 859
Murrieta Valley Unified 837
Menifee Union Elementary 828
Lake Elsinore Unified 814
Orange Unified 806
Corona-Norco Unified 801
Perris Elementary 757
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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