California school district spending and test scores

Lammersville 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 Lammersville Elementary compare to other California districts?

Spending per student

$6,170   Median: $8,234

API score in 2010

862   Median: 783

$6,170 spent per student ($10.9 million total expenditures)

Districts with similar spending per student
Solvang Elementary $6,206
Hickman Community Charter $6,192
Rosedale Union Elementary $6,176
Lammersville Elementary $6,170
Norris Elementary $6,112
Capay Joint Union Elementary $6,108
Richmond Elementary $6,092
Spending per student
in districts with similar attendance
Waterford Unified (1,767.90) $8,871
Live Oak Elementary (1,749.00) $8,337
Brawley Union High (1,760.90) $8,168
Corning Union Elementary (1,811.20) $7,901
Live Oak Unified (1,766.00) $7,745
Bonsall Union Elementary (1,765.30) $7,317
Lammersville Elementary (1,765.90) $6,170
Spending per student in adjacent districts
Mountain House Elementary $8,707
Byron Union Elementary $7,609
Liberty Union High $7,519
Tracy Joint Unified $7,129
Jefferson Elementary $6,478
Lammersville Elementary $6,170

862 API score in 2010

Districts with similar API scores in 2010
Capistrano Unified 862
Lowell Joint Elementary 862
Oak View Union Elementary 862
Lammersville Elementary 862
Bonny Doon Union Elementary 862
Burnt Ranch Elementary 862
Big Creek Elementary 862
API scores in 2010
in districts with similar attendance
Lammersville Elementary (1,765.90) 862
Bonsall Union Elementary (1,765.30) 853
Waterford Unified (1,767.90) 782
Corning Union Elementary (1,811.20) 756
Live Oak Elementary (1,749.00) 753
Live Oak Unified (1,766.00) 735
Brawley Union High (1,760.90) 704
API scores in 2010 in adjacent districts
Lammersville Elementary 862
Jefferson Elementary 837
Byron Union Elementary 797
Tracy Joint Unified 756
Liberty Union High 747
Mountain House Elementary 743
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