California school district spending and test scores

Los Olivos 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 Los Olivos Elementary compare to other California districts?

Spending per student

$6,334   Median: $8,234

API score in 2010

739   Median: 783

$6,334 spent per student ($1.5 million total expenditures)

Districts with similar spending per student
Ripon Unified $6,394
Central Elementary $6,388
Clay Joint Elementary $6,367
Los Olivos Elementary $6,334
Mccabe Union Elementary $6,330
Sequoia Union Elementary $6,324
Spreckels Union Elementary $6,322
Spending per student
in districts with similar attendance
Geyserville Unified (239.00) $12,459
Potter Valley Community Unified (238.00) $11,708
Lucerne Elementary (237.30) $8,673
Millville Elementary (237.00) $7,712
Pond Union Elementary (239.30) $7,183
Southside Elementary (241.60) $6,409
Los Olivos Elementary (238.10) $6,334
Spending per student in adjacent districts
College Elementary $17,382
Ballard Elementary $12,696
Blochman Union Elementary $11,493
Buellton Union Elementary $10,410
Cuyama Joint Unified $10,329
Santa Maria Joint Union High $8,229
Los Alamos Elementary $7,359
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739 API score in 2010

Districts with similar API scores in 2010
San Lorenzo Unified 739
Merced Union High 739
Cloverdale Unified 739
Los Olivos Elementary 739
Planada Elementary 739
Monterey Peninsula Unified 739
Lone Pine Unified 738
API scores in 2010
in districts with similar attendance
Millville Elementary (237.00) 906
Southside Elementary (241.60) 894
Pond Union Elementary (239.30) 816
Geyserville Unified (239.00) 776
Lucerne Elementary (237.30) 763
Los Olivos Elementary (238.10) 739
Potter Valley Community Unified (238.00) 728
API scores in 2010 in adjacent districts
Ballard Elementary 948
Buellton Union Elementary 845
Solvang Elementary 841
College Elementary 829
Blochman Union Elementary 803
Los Alamos Elementary 765
Los Olivos Elementary 739
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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