California school district spending and test scores

Lincoln 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 Lincoln Unified compare to other California districts?

Spending per student

$6,895   Median: $8,234

API score in 2010

788   Median: 783

$6,895 spent per student ($57.2 million total expenditures)

Districts with similar spending per student
Bennett Valley Union Elementary $6,908
Fruitvale Elementary $6,904
Templeton Unified $6,903
Lincoln Unified $6,895
Wiseburn Elementary $6,884
Scotts Valley Unified $6,880
Rocklin Unified $6,879
Spending per student
in districts with similar attendance
Hawthorne Elementary (8,117.30) $7,806
San Leandro Unified (8,352.70) $7,709
San Jacinto Unified (8,428.20) $7,680
Berryessa Union Elementary (8,139.90) $7,264
Snowline Joint Unified (8,129.90) $6,916
Lincoln Unified (8,299.20) $6,895
Westside Union Elementary (8,338.40) $6,464
Spending per student in adjacent districts
Stockton Unified $9,240
Lodi Unified $8,163
Tracy Joint Unified $7,129
Lincoln Unified $6,895

788 API score in 2010

Districts with similar API scores in 2010
Sierra Sands Unified 788
Stanislaus Union Elementary 788
Alta-Dutch Flat Union Elementary 788
Lincoln Unified 788
Surprise Valley Joint Unified 788
San Juan Unified 788
Charter Oak Unified 788
API scores in 2010
in districts with similar attendance
Westside Union Elementary (8,338.40) 829
Berryessa Union Elementary (8,139.90) 824
Snowline Joint Unified (8,129.90) 797
Lincoln Unified (8,299.20) 788
Hawthorne Elementary (8,117.30) 785
San Leandro Unified (8,352.70) 730
San Jacinto Unified (8,428.20) 715
API scores in 2010 in adjacent districts
Lincoln Unified 788
Tracy Joint Unified 756
Lodi Unified 737
Stockton Unified 671
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