California school district spending and test scores

Lucia Mar 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 Lucia Mar Unified compare to other California districts?

Spending per student

$7,406   Median: $8,234

API score in 2010

815   Median: 783

$7,406 spent per student ($75.1 million total expenditures)

Districts with similar spending per student
Travis Unified $7,409
Di Giorgio Elementary $7,408
Piner-Olivet Union Elementary $7,407
Lucia Mar Unified $7,406
Brittan Elementary $7,403
Cypress Elementary $7,395
Winton Elementary $7,395
Spending per student
in districts with similar attendance
El Rancho Unified (10,061.60) $8,184
Monterey Peninsula Unified (10,252.60) $8,008
San Mateo-Foster City Elementary (10,249.90) $7,778
Saugus Union Elementary (9,961.00) $7,663
Woodland Joint Unified (9,916.50) $7,646
Lucia Mar Unified (10,136.80) $7,406
Rocklin Unified (10,144.90) $6,879
Spending per student in adjacent districts
Blochman Union Elementary $11,493
San Luis Coastal Unified $9,781
Santa Maria Joint Union High $8,229
Guadalupe Union Elementary $7,558
Santa Maria-Bonita Elementary $7,414
Lucia Mar Unified $7,406
Atascadero Unified $7,135

815 API score in 2010

Districts with similar API scores in 2010
Rosedale Union Elementary 815
Auburn Union Elementary 815
Imperial Unified 815
Lucia Mar Unified 815
Ojai Unified 815
Belridge Elementary 815
Enterprise Elementary 815
API scores in 2010
in districts with similar attendance
Rocklin Unified (10,144.90) 874
Saugus Union Elementary (9,961.00) 866
San Mateo-Foster City Elementary (10,249.90) 840
Lucia Mar Unified (10,136.80) 815
El Rancho Unified (10,061.60) 745
Monterey Peninsula Unified (10,252.60) 739
Woodland Joint Unified (9,916.50) 733
API scores in 2010 in adjacent districts
San Luis Coastal Unified 830
Lucia Mar Unified 815
Atascadero Unified 804
Blochman Union Elementary 803
Santa Maria-Bonita Elementary 717
Santa Maria Joint Union High 703
Guadalupe Union Elementary 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