California school district spending and test scores

Las Lomitas 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 Las Lomitas Elementary compare to other California districts?

Spending per student

$13,163   Median: $8,234

API score in 2010

963   Median: 783

$13,163 spent per student ($15.8 million total expenditures)

Districts with similar spending per student
Kenwood Elementary $13,248
Borrego Springs Unified $13,196
Bonny Doon Union Elementary $13,186
Las Lomitas Elementary $13,163
Mountain View-Los Altos Union High $13,157
Lewiston Elementary $13,147
Ravenswood City Elementary $12,987
Spending per student
in districts with similar attendance
Las Lomitas Elementary (1,199.70) $13,163
Reed Union Elementary (1,195.50) $12,591
Larkspur Elementary (1,219.00) $10,438
Sonora Union High (1,230.50) $9,338
Denair Unified (1,188.30) $8,700
Aromas/San Juan Unified (1,191.20) $8,033
Hermosa Beach City Elementary (1,202.90) $7,527
Spending per student in adjacent districts
Woodside Elementary $19,088
Portola Valley Elementary $16,981
Palo Alto Unified $13,376
Las Lomitas Elementary $13,163
Menlo Park City Elementary $11,033
Redwood City Elementary $8,696

963 API score in 2010

Districts with similar API scores in 2010
Saratoga Union Elementary 965
Los Altos Elementary 965
Lakeside Joint Elementary 963
Las Lomitas Elementary 963
Del Mar Union Elementary 961
Orinda Union Elementary 954
Reed Union Elementary 953
API scores in 2010
in districts with similar attendance
Las Lomitas Elementary (1,199.70) 963
Reed Union Elementary (1,195.50) 953
Hermosa Beach City Elementary (1,202.90) 936
Larkspur Elementary (1,219.00) 920
Sonora Union High (1,230.50) 734
Aromas/San Juan Unified (1,191.20) 717
Denair Unified (1,188.30) 710
API scores in 2010 in adjacent districts
Las Lomitas Elementary 963
Portola Valley Elementary 949
Woodside Elementary 937
Menlo Park City Elementary 933
Palo Alto Unified 925
Redwood City Elementary 763
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