California school district spending and test scores

Lindsay 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 Lindsay Unified compare to other California districts?

Spending per student

$8,272   Median: $8,234

API score in 2010

658   Median: 783

$8,272 spent per student ($32.3 million total expenditures)

Districts with similar spending per student
Palermo Union Elementary $8,278
Mt. Pleasant Elementary $8,278
Shiloh Elementary $8,272
Lindsay Unified $8,272
Kelseyville Unified $8,270
Bella Vista Elementary $8,258
Keyes Union Elementary $8,254
Spending per student
in districts with similar attendance
Duarte Unified (3,852.70) $8,327
Lindsay Unified (3,900.70) $8,272
La Canada Unified (3,876.40) $8,197
Central Union High (3,842.70) $7,955
Galt Joint Union Elementary (3,924.60) $7,867
Cypress Elementary (3,911.70) $7,395
Amador County Unified (3,962.10) $7,093
Spending per student in adjacent districts
Tulare Joint Union High $9,473
Lindsay Unified $8,272
Exeter Union High $8,054
Sunnyside Union Elementary $7,872
Strathmore Union Elementary $7,607
Sundale Union Elementary $7,296
Outside Creek Elementary $7,201
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658 API score in 2010

Districts with similar API scores in 2010
Cutler-Orosi Joint Unified 665
Twin Ridges Elementary 665
Fort Sage Unified 660
Lindsay Unified 658
San Pasqual Valley Unified 657
Washington Union High 657
Fairfax Elementary 657
API scores in 2010
in districts with similar attendance
La Canada Unified (3,876.40) 933
Cypress Elementary (3,911.70) 877
Galt Joint Union Elementary (3,924.60) 811
Amador County Unified (3,962.10) 787
Duarte Unified (3,852.70) 772
Central Union High (3,842.70) 717
Lindsay Unified (3,900.70) 658
API scores in 2010 in adjacent districts
Sundale Union Elementary 845
Outside Creek Elementary 781
Exeter Union Elementary 763
Strathmore Union Elementary 751
Exeter Union High 745
Tulare Joint Union High 718
Sunnyside Union Elementary 708
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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