California school district spending and test scores

Oakland 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 Oakland Unified compare to other California districts?

Spending per student

$10,958   Median: $8,234

API score in 2010

719   Median: 783

$10,958 spent per student ($392.6 million total expenditures)

Districts with similar spending per student
Menlo Park City Elementary $11,033
Burnt Ranch Elementary $11,000
Richgrove Elementary $10,998
Oakland Unified $10,958
La Honda-Pescadero Unified $10,941
Washington Union High $10,940
Kentfield Elementary $10,931
Spending per student
in districts with similar attendance
Oakland Unified (35,825.90) $10,958
Stockton Unified (34,144.00) $9,240
Kern Union High (34,031.70) $9,109
San Juan Unified (39,106.50) $8,638
Fontana Unified (38,913.60) $7,781
Moreno Valley Unified (34,136.60) $7,688
Clovis Unified (36,082.00) $7,638
Spending per student in adjacent districts
Emery Unified $13,680
Berkeley Unified $12,092
San Mateo Union High $11,703
Piedmont City Unified $11,579
Oakland Unified $10,958
Brisbane Elementary $10,634
San Francisco Unified $9,715
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719 API score in 2010

Districts with similar API scores in 2010
Oxnard Union High 720
South Whittier Elementary 720
Fillmore Unified 720
Oakland Unified 719
Alisal Union Elementary 718
Tulare Joint Union High 718
Pittsburg Unified 718
API scores in 2010
in districts with similar attendance
Clovis Unified (36,082.00) 866
San Juan Unified (39,106.50) 788
Fontana Unified (38,913.60) 731
Oakland Unified (35,825.90) 719
Moreno Valley Unified (34,136.60) 716
Kern Union High (34,031.70) 708
Stockton Unified (34,144.00) 671
API scores in 2010 in adjacent districts
Orinda Union Elementary 954
Piedmont City Unified 925
Acalanes Union High 899
Canyon Elementary 898
Castro Valley Unified 854
Alameda City Unified 833
San Bruno Park Elementary 820
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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