California school district spending and test scores

Oak View Union 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 Oak View Union Elementary compare to other California districts?

Spending per student

$6,454   Median: $8,234

API score in 2010

862   Median: 783

$6,454 spent per student ($2.6 million total expenditures)

Districts with similar spending per student
Jefferson Elementary $6,478
Ackerman Elementary $6,474
Westside Union Elementary $6,464
Oak View Union Elementary $6,454
Southside Elementary $6,409
Ripon Unified $6,394
Central Elementary $6,388
Spending per student
in districts with similar attendance
Jamestown Elementary (410.50) $9,177
Bayshore Elementary (404.70) $8,884
Forestville Union Elementary (411.40) $8,194
Monson-Sultana Joint Union Elementary (405.00) $8,040
Camino Union Elementary (410.50) $7,648
Oak Valley Union Elementary (407.20) $6,800
Oak View Union Elementary (408.60) $6,454
Spending per student in adjacent districts
Lodi Unified $8,163
Arcohe Union Elementary $7,963
Galt Joint Union Elementary $7,867
Amador County Unified $7,093
Oak View Union Elementary $6,454

862 API score in 2010

Districts with similar API scores in 2010
Lowell Joint Elementary 862
Lammersville Elementary 862
Capistrano Unified 862
Oak View Union Elementary 862
Big Creek Elementary 862
Burnt Ranch Elementary 862
Bonny Doon Union Elementary 862
API scores in 2010
in districts with similar attendance
Camino Union Elementary (410.50) 880
Oak View Union Elementary (408.60) 862
Forestville Union Elementary (411.40) 814
Oak Valley Union Elementary (407.20) 802
Jamestown Elementary (410.50) 770
Monson-Sultana Joint Union Elementary (405.00) 725
Bayshore Elementary (404.70) 720
API scores in 2010 in adjacent districts
Oak View Union Elementary 862
Galt Joint Union Elementary 811
Amador County Unified 787
Arcohe Union Elementary 751
Lodi Unified 737
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