California school district spending and test scores

Orange 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 Orange Unified compare to other California districts?

Spending per student

$7,208   Median: $8,234

API score in 2010

806   Median: 783

$7,208 spent per student ($201.9 million total expenditures)

Districts with similar spending per student
Soulsbyville Elementary $7,230
Upland Unified $7,224
Poway Unified $7,216
Orange Unified $7,208
Outside Creek Elementary $7,201
Tres Pinos Union Elementary $7,199
Walnut Valley Unified $7,197
Spending per student
in districts with similar attendance
San Jose Unified (30,495.30) $9,224
West Contra Costa Unified (27,474.00) $8,899
Modesto City Schools (28,221.70) $8,219
Lodi Unified (27,739.10) $8,163
Chino Valley Unified (30,688.00) $7,533
Temecula Valley Unified (27,721.50) $7,388
Orange Unified (28,004.30) $7,208
Spending per student in adjacent districts
Anaheim City Elementary $8,399
Santa Ana Unified $8,396
Garden Grove Unified $8,193
Anaheim Union High $8,168
Placentia-Yorba Linda Unified $7,826
Irvine Unified $7,606
Lake Elsinore Unified $7,574
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806 API score in 2010

Districts with similar API scores in 2010
Kings River-Hardwick Union Elementary 806
Pleasant Valley Joint Union Elementary 806
Oak Grove Elementary 806
Orange Unified 806
Tahoe-Truckee Joint Unified 806
Scott Valley Unified 806
Sanger Unified 805
API scores in 2010
in districts with similar attendance
Temecula Valley Unified (27,721.50) 856
Chino Valley Unified (30,688.00) 812
Orange Unified (28,004.30) 806
San Jose Unified (30,495.30) 792
Lodi Unified (27,739.10) 737
West Contra Costa Unified (27,474.00) 696
Modesto City Schools (28,221.70) N/A
API scores in 2010 in adjacent districts
Irvine Unified 916
Saddleback Valley Unified 859
Tustin Unified 850
Placentia-Yorba Linda Unified 847
Lake Elsinore Unified 814
Orange Unified 806
Garden Grove Unified 802
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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