California school district spending and test scores

San Lorenzo Valley 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 San Lorenzo Valley Unified compare to other California districts?

Spending per student

$8,643   Median: $8,234

API score in 2010

825   Median: 783

$8,643 spent per student ($18.4 million total expenditures)

Districts with similar spending per student
North Cow Creek Elementary $8,669
Calexico Unified $8,668
San Benito High $8,656
San Lorenzo Valley Unified $8,643
San Juan Unified $8,638
El Monte Union High $8,633
Alameda City Unified $8,630
Spending per student
in districts with similar attendance
West Sonoma County Union High (2,130.70) $8,876
San Lorenzo Valley Unified (2,134.60) $8,643
Orland Joint Unified (2,118.30) $8,151
Firebaugh-Las Deltas Joint Unified (2,122.60) $8,108
Gonzales Unified (2,173.60) $8,087
Kingsburg Elementary Charter (2,155.10) $7,082
Loomis Union Elementary (2,172.90) $6,691
Spending per student in adjacent districts
Lakeside Joint Elementary $16,421
Bonny Doon Union Elementary $13,186
Los Gatos-Saratoga Joint Union High $11,579
La Honda-Pescadero Unified $10,941
Pacific Elementary $9,781
San Lorenzo Valley Unified $8,643
Scotts Valley Unified $6,880

825 API score in 2010

Districts with similar API scores in 2010
Elverta Joint Elementary 825
Julian Union Elementary 825
Central Union Elementary 825
San Lorenzo Valley Unified 825
Mendocino Unified 825
William S. Hart Union High 824
Valle Lindo Elementary 824
API scores in 2010
in districts with similar attendance
Loomis Union Elementary (2,172.90) 895
San Lorenzo Valley Unified (2,134.60) 825
Kingsburg Elementary Charter (2,155.10) 816
West Sonoma County Union High (2,130.70) 779
Firebaugh-Las Deltas Joint Unified (2,122.60) 755
Orland Joint Unified (2,118.30) 729
Gonzales Unified (2,173.60) 682
API scores in 2010 in adjacent districts
Lakeside Joint Elementary 963
Los Gatos-Saratoga Joint Union High 898
Scotts Valley Unified 879
Bonny Doon Union Elementary 862
Pacific Elementary 850
San Lorenzo Valley Unified 825
La Honda-Pescadero Unified 713
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