California school district spending and test scores

Lucerne 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 Lucerne Valley Unified compare to other California districts?

Spending per student

$8,892   Median: $8,234

API score in 2010

687   Median: 783

$8,892 spent per student ($8.3 million total expenditures)

Districts with similar spending per student
Bangor Union Elementary $8,915
West Contra Costa Unified $8,899
Roberts Ferry Union Elementary $8,899
Lucerne Valley Unified $8,892
Bayshore Elementary $8,884
Weed Union Elementary $8,881
West Sonoma County Union High $8,876
Spending per student
in districts with similar attendance
West Fresno Elementary (926.00) $9,934
Hope Elementary (927.70) $8,971
Lucerne Valley Unified (928.80) $8,892
Columbia Elementary (945.20) $7,719
Rio Bravo-Greeley Union Elementary (926.00) $6,995
Washington Union Elementary (948.20) $6,908
Spreckels Union Elementary (933.80) $6,322
Spending per student in adjacent districts
Silver Valley Unified $10,360
Lucerne Valley Unified $8,892
Bear Valley Unified $8,106
Barstow Unified $8,096
Morongo Unified $8,047
Rim of The World Unified $7,875
Apple Valley Unified $7,569

687 API score in 2010

Districts with similar API scores in 2010
Ravenswood City Elementary 688
Burrel Union Elementary 687
Mineral Elementary 687
Lucerne Valley Unified 687
Upper Lake Union High 685
Coachella Valley Unified 685
Alpaugh Unified 683
API scores in 2010
in districts with similar attendance
Washington Union Elementary (948.20) 903
Hope Elementary (927.70) 894
Spreckels Union Elementary (933.80) 855
Columbia Elementary (945.20) 841
Rio Bravo-Greeley Union Elementary (926.00) 785
West Fresno Elementary (926.00) 700
Lucerne Valley Unified (928.80) 687
API scores in 2010 in adjacent districts
Bear Valley Unified 791
Apple Valley Unified 770
Rim of The World Unified 767
Morongo Unified 759
Silver Valley Unified 749
Barstow Unified 734
Lucerne Valley Unified 687
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