California school district spending and test scores

Orick 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 Orick Elementary compare to other California districts?

Spending per student

$20,955   Median: $8,234

API score in 2010

691   Median: 783

$20,955 spent per student ($397,942 total expenditures)

Districts with similar spending per student
Green Point Elementary $21,436
Trinity Center Elementary $21,220
Montecito Union Elementary $21,048
Orick Elementary $20,955
Stony Creek Joint Unified $20,907
Big Creek Elementary $20,875
Horicon Elementary $20,136
Spending per student
in districts with similar attendance
Whitmore Union Elementary (18.50) $25,154
Hot Springs Elementary (19.00) $24,183
Orick Elementary (19.00) $20,955
Feather Falls Union Elementary (18.60) $18,896
Linns Valley-Poso Flat Union (18.90) $18,836
Willow Grove Union Elementary (19.10) $17,307
Jefferson Elementary (19.30) $10,916
Spending per student in adjacent districts
Orick Elementary $20,955
Klamath-Trinity Joint Unified $15,244
Del Norte County Unified $10,071
Big Lagoon Union Elementary $9,526

691 API score in 2010

Districts with similar API scores in 2010
Wasco Union Elementary 692
Hot Springs Elementary 692
Oroville Union High 692
Orick Elementary 691
Wasco Union High 690
Hope Elementary 689
Lynwood Unified 689
API scores in 2010
in districts with similar attendance
Whitmore Union Elementary (18.50) 915
Jefferson Elementary (19.30) 832
Hot Springs Elementary (19.00) 692
Orick Elementary (19.00) 691
Linns Valley-Poso Flat Union (18.90) 645
Willow Grove Union Elementary (19.10) 619
Feather Falls Union Elementary (18.60) 554
API scores in 2010 in adjacent districts
Big Lagoon Union Elementary 866
Del Norte County Unified 750
Orick Elementary 691
Klamath-Trinity Joint Unified 682
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