California school district spending and test scores

Lemon Grove 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 Lemon Grove Elementary compare to other California districts?

Spending per student

$8,019   Median: $8,234

API score in 2010

760   Median: 783

$8,019 spent per student ($29.8 million total expenditures)

Districts with similar spending per student
Lost Hills Union Elementary $8,029
Washington Colony Elementary $8,026
Alview-Dairyland Union Elementary $8,023
Lemon Grove Elementary $8,019
Westminster Elementary $8,013
Monterey Peninsula Unified $8,008
Campbell Union Elementary $8,005
Spending per student
in districts with similar attendance
Paradise Unified (3,679.50) $8,591
Oak Park Unified (3,690.50) $8,148
San Rafael City Elementary (3,794.10) $8,139
Lemon Grove Elementary (3,709.90) $8,019
Central Union High (3,842.70) $7,955
Martinez Unified (3,796.40) $7,555
Dixon Unified (3,706.10) $6,287
Spending per student in adjacent districts
San Diego Unified $9,855
La Mesa-Spring Valley $8,069
Lemon Grove Elementary $8,019

760 API score in 2010

Districts with similar API scores in 2010
Turlock Unified 760
Somis Union Elementary 760
Hollister Elementary 760
Lemon Grove Elementary 760
El Monte City Elementary 760
La Habra City Elementary 760
Kit Carson Union Elementary 760
API scores in 2010
in districts with similar attendance
Oak Park Unified (3,690.50) 916
Martinez Unified (3,796.40) 819
San Rafael City Elementary (3,794.10) 796
Lemon Grove Elementary (3,709.90) 760
Dixon Unified (3,706.10) 751
Paradise Unified (3,679.50) 749
Central Union High (3,842.70) 717
API scores in 2010 in adjacent districts
La Mesa-Spring Valley 801
San Diego Unified 785
Lemon Grove Elementary 760
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