California school district spending and test scores

Luther Burbank 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 Luther Burbank Elementary compare to other California districts?

Spending per student

$8,044   Median: $8,234

API score in 2010

740   Median: 783

$8,044 spent per student ($4.4 million total expenditures)

Districts with similar spending per student
Taft City Elementary $8,047
San Gabriel Unified $8,046
Center Joint Unified $8,045
Luther Burbank Elementary $8,044
Middletown Unified $8,043
Monson-Sultana Joint Union Elementary $8,040
Wright Elementary $8,040
Spending per student
in districts with similar attendance
Shoreline Unified (548.00) $17,791
Los Molinos Unified (545.60) $9,591
Woodville Union Elementary (541.10) $8,388
Luther Burbank Elementary (544.60) $8,044
San Pasqual Union Elementary (543.50) $7,812
Cutten Elementary (532.50) $6,923
Solvang Elementary (550.20) $6,206
Spending per student in adjacent districts
San Jose Unified $9,224
Luther Burbank Elementary $8,044
Campbell Union Elementary $8,005

740 API score in 2010

Districts with similar API scores in 2010
Mendota Unified 740
Delano Union Elementary 740
Fowler Unified 740
Luther Burbank Elementary 740
Bellevue Union Elementary 740
San Benito High 740
Weed Union Elementary 740
API scores in 2010
in districts with similar attendance
San Pasqual Union Elementary (543.50) 874
Cutten Elementary (532.50) 844
Solvang Elementary (550.20) 841
Los Molinos Unified (545.60) 803
Shoreline Unified (548.00) 792
Luther Burbank Elementary (544.60) 740
Woodville Union Elementary (541.10) 720
API scores in 2010 in adjacent districts
Campbell Union Elementary 831
San Jose Unified 792
Luther Burbank Elementary 740
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