California school district spending and test scores

Brea-Olinda 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 Brea-Olinda Unified compare to other California districts?

Spending per student

$7,271   Median: $8,234

API score in 2010

864   Median: 783

$7,271 spent per student ($41.6 million total expenditures)

Districts with similar spending per student
Jefferson Elementary $7,273
Hamilton Unified $7,272
Union Elementary $7,271
Brea-Olinda Unified $7,271
Hope Elementary $7,264
Berryessa Union Elementary $7,264
Capistrano Unified $7,246
Spending per student
in districts with similar attendance
Dinuba Unified (5,599.90) $8,418
Cotati-Rohnert Park Unified (5,842.40) $8,410
Lawndale Elementary (5,616.80) $8,390
Monrovia Unified (5,700.70) $8,306
Dublin Unified (5,799.40) $7,945
Jefferson Elementary (5,737.90) $7,273
Brea-Olinda Unified (5,723.70) $7,271
Spending per student in adjacent districts
Fullerton Joint Union High $8,766
Rowland Unified $8,088
Placentia-Yorba Linda Unified $7,826
La Habra City Elementary $7,805
Chino Valley Unified $7,533
Fullerton Elementary $7,290
Brea-Olinda Unified $7,271
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864 API score in 2010

Districts with similar API scores in 2010
Magnolia Union Elementary 865
Mccabe Union Elementary 864
Evergreen Union Elementary 864
Brea-Olinda Unified 864
Harmony Union Elementary 863
Plainsburg Union Elementary 863
Pleasant Valley School 863
API scores in 2010
in districts with similar attendance
Dublin Unified (5,799.40) 878
Brea-Olinda Unified (5,723.70) 864
Monrovia Unified (5,700.70) 797
Lawndale Elementary (5,616.80) 794
Jefferson Elementary (5,737.90) 779
Cotati-Rohnert Park Unified (5,842.40) 761
Dinuba Unified (5,599.90) 733
API scores in 2010 in adjacent districts
Walnut Valley Unified 898
Brea-Olinda Unified 864
Fullerton Elementary 855
Placentia-Yorba Linda Unified 847
Chino Valley Unified 812
Fullerton Joint Union High 811
Rowland Unified 792
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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