California school district spending and test scores

Los Molinos 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 Los Molinos Unified compare to other California districts?

Spending per student

$9,591   Median: $8,234

API score in 2010

803   Median: 783

$9,591 spent per student ($5.2 million total expenditures)

Districts with similar spending per student
Santa Clara Unified $9,647
Cardiff Elementary $9,631
Bend Elementary $9,597
Los Molinos Unified $9,591
East Whittier City Elementary $9,584
West Park Elementary $9,573
Garfield Elementary $9,559
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
Palo Verde Union Elementary (553.60) $7,321
Solvang Elementary (550.20) $6,206
Spending per student in adjacent districts
Mineral Elementary $47,977
Los Molinos Unified $9,591
Corning Union High $9,001
Red Bluff Joint Union High $8,739
Paradise Unified $8,591
Lassen View Union Elementary $8,222
Chico Unified $8,101
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803 API score in 2010

Districts with similar API scores in 2010
Garvey Elementary 804
Atascadero Unified 804
Blochman Union Elementary 803
Los Molinos Unified 803
Colfax Elementary 802
Oak Valley Union Elementary 802
Garden Grove Unified 802
API scores in 2010
in districts with similar attendance
San Pasqual Union Elementary (543.50) 874
Solvang Elementary (550.20) 841
Los Molinos Unified (545.60) 803
Shoreline Unified (548.00) 792
Palo Verde Union Elementary (553.60) 764
Luther Burbank Elementary (544.60) 740
Woodville Union Elementary (541.10) 720
API scores in 2010 in adjacent districts
Lassen View Union Elementary 879
Richfield Elementary 858
Los Molinos Unified 803
Chico Unified 789
Gerber Union Elementary 758
Corning Union Elementary 756
Paradise Unified 749
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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