California school district spending and test scores

La Mesa-Spring Valley 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 La Mesa-Spring Valley compare to other California districts?

Spending per student

$8,069   Median: $8,234

API score in 2010

801   Median: 783

$8,069 spent per student ($97.4 million total expenditures)

Districts with similar spending per student
Esparto Unified $8,082
Napa Valley Unified $8,076
Old Adobe Union Elementary $8,074
La Mesa-Spring Valley $8,069
Nuestro Elementary $8,063
Lynwood Unified $8,061
Bellflower Unified $8,060
Spending per student
in districts with similar attendance
Porterville Unified (12,104.50) $8,564
San Dieguito Union High (12,084.50) $8,108
Chico Unified (11,633.00) $8,101
La Mesa-Spring Valley (12,067.60) $8,069
Palos Verdes Peninsula Unified (11,528.30) $7,812
Yuba City Unified (11,989.30) $7,180
Etiwanda Elementary (12,287.40) $6,560
Spending per student in adjacent districts
San Diego Unified $9,855
Sweetwater Union High $8,612
Chula Vista Elementary $8,249
La Mesa-Spring Valley $8,069
Lemon Grove Elementary $8,019
Cajon Valley Union Elementary $7,888
Santee Elementary $7,281

801 API score in 2010

Districts with similar API scores in 2010
Flournoy Union Elementary 801
Corona-Norco Unified 801
Jamul-Dulzura Union Elementary 801
La Mesa-Spring Valley 801
Mupu Elementary 801
Brisbane Elementary 801
Nevada Joint Union High 801
API scores in 2010
in districts with similar attendance
Palos Verdes Peninsula Unified (11,528.30) 912
San Dieguito Union High (12,084.50) 877
Etiwanda Elementary (12,287.40) 872
La Mesa-Spring Valley (12,067.60) 801
Chico Unified (11,633.00) 789
Yuba City Unified (11,989.30) 783
Porterville Unified (12,104.50) 743
API scores in 2010 in adjacent districts
Santee Elementary 860
Chula Vista Elementary 848
La Mesa-Spring Valley 801
Cajon Valley Union Elementary 785
San Diego Unified 785
Lemon Grove Elementary 760
Sweetwater Union High 758
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