California school district spending and test scores

Charter Oak 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 Charter Oak Unified compare to other California districts?

Spending per student

$7,573   Median: $8,234

API score in 2010

788   Median: 783

$7,573 spent per student ($44.6 million total expenditures)

Districts with similar spending per student
Antioch Unified $7,578
Lake Elsinore Unified $7,574
Curtis Creek Elementary $7,573
Charter Oak Unified $7,573
Downey Unified $7,572
Apple Valley Unified $7,569
Greenfield Union Elementary $7,559
Spending per student
in districts with similar attendance
Centinela Valley Union High (6,041.40) $9,366
Cotati-Rohnert Park Unified (5,842.40) $8,410
Selma Unified (6,028.60) $8,313
Barstow Unified (5,849.20) $8,096
Dublin Unified (5,799.40) $7,945
Charter Oak Unified (5,893.50) $7,573
Fountain Valley Elementary (6,056.70) $6,981
Spending per student in adjacent districts
Azusa Unified $8,248
Covina-Valley Unified $7,636
Charter Oak Unified $7,573
Bonita Unified $7,274
Glendora Unified $7,130

788 API score in 2010

Districts with similar API scores in 2010
Sierra Sands Unified 788
Lincoln Unified 788
Alta-Dutch Flat Union Elementary 788
Charter Oak Unified 788
Surprise Valley Joint Unified 788
San Juan Unified 788
Stanislaus Union Elementary 788
API scores in 2010
in districts with similar attendance
Fountain Valley Elementary (6,056.70) 892
Dublin Unified (5,799.40) 878
Charter Oak Unified (5,893.50) 788
Selma Unified (6,028.60) 773
Cotati-Rohnert Park Unified (5,842.40) 761
Barstow Unified (5,849.20) 734
Centinela Valley Union High (6,041.40) 644
API scores in 2010 in adjacent districts
Glendora Unified 854
Bonita Unified 840
Charter Oak Unified 788
Covina-Valley Unified 769
Azusa Unified 713
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