California school district spending and test scores

Orange Center 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 Orange Center Elementary compare to other California districts?

Spending per student

$9,264   Median: $8,234

API score in 2010

708   Median: 783

$9,264 spent per student ($2.8 million total expenditures)

Districts with similar spending per student
John Swett Unified $9,311
Snelling-Merced Falls Union Elementary $9,272
Pajaro Valley Unified $9,271
Orange Center Elementary $9,264
Anderson Union High $9,261
River Delta Joint Unified $9,240
Stockton Unified $9,240
Spending per student
in districts with similar attendance
Alpaugh Unified (303.70) $10,751
Twain Harte-Long Barn Union Elementary (301.90) $9,718
Orange Center Elementary (303.60) $9,264
Lassen View Union Elementary (299.50) $8,222
Freshwater Elementary (309.20) $7,927
Somis Union Elementary (305.40) $7,899
Ballico-Cressey Elementary (296.50) $7,635
Spending per student in adjacent districts
West Fresno Elementary $9,934
Orange Center Elementary $9,264
Fresno Unified $9,199
Pacific Union Elementary $8,430
American Union Elementary $8,392
Washington Colony Elementary $8,026
Fowler Unified $7,355

708 API score in 2010

Districts with similar API scores in 2010
Kern Union High 708
Trona Joint Unified 708
Sunnyside Union Elementary 708
Orange Center Elementary 708
Big Springs Union Elementary 708
Hayward Unified 707
Hanford Joint Union High 707
API scores in 2010
in districts with similar attendance
Lassen View Union Elementary (299.50) 879
Freshwater Elementary (309.20) 848
Twain Harte-Long Barn Union Elementary (301.90) 832
Ballico-Cressey Elementary (296.50) 787
Somis Union Elementary (305.40) 760
Orange Center Elementary (303.60) 708
Alpaugh Unified (303.70) 683
API scores in 2010 in adjacent districts
Pacific Union Elementary 800
American Union Elementary 743
Fowler Unified 740
Washington Colony Elementary 729
Fresno Unified 711
Orange Center Elementary 708
West Fresno Elementary 700
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