California school district spending and test scores

Orcutt 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 Orcutt Union Elementary compare to other California districts?

Spending per student

$6,702   Median: $8,234

API score in 2010

820   Median: 783

$6,702 spent per student ($27.9 million total expenditures)

Districts with similar spending per student
Victor Elementary $6,739
Columbine Elementary $6,712
North County Joint Union Elementary $6,711
Orcutt Union Elementary $6,702
Roseville City Elementary $6,697
Loomis Union Elementary $6,691
McSwain Union Elementary $6,667
Spending per student
in districts with similar attendance
Del Mar Union Elementary (4,072.50) $9,552
Los Altos Elementary (4,207.40) $9,549
Sonoma Valley Unified (4,003.30) $9,389
Valley Center-Pauma Unified (4,082.80) $8,850
Soledad Unified (4,213.70) $7,807
South Pasadena Unified (4,186.30) $7,647
Orcutt Union Elementary (4,165.40) $6,702
Spending per student in adjacent districts
Blochman Union Elementary $11,493
Lompoc Unified $7,755
Guadalupe Union Elementary $7,558
Santa Maria-Bonita Elementary $7,414
Los Alamos Elementary $7,359
Orcutt Union Elementary $6,702

820 API score in 2010

Districts with similar API scores in 2010
Arcata Elementary 820
Newport-Mesa Unified 820
San Bruno Park Elementary 820
Orcutt Union Elementary 820
Pleasant Valley Elementary 819
La Grange Elementary 819
Claremont Unified 819
API scores in 2010
in districts with similar attendance
Los Altos Elementary (4,207.40) 965
Del Mar Union Elementary (4,072.50) 961
South Pasadena Unified (4,186.30) 911
Orcutt Union Elementary (4,165.40) 820
Valley Center-Pauma Unified (4,082.80) 800
Sonoma Valley Unified (4,003.30) 733
Soledad Unified (4,213.70) 696
API scores in 2010 in adjacent districts
Orcutt Union Elementary 820
Blochman Union Elementary 803
Los Alamos Elementary 765
Lompoc Unified 745
Santa Maria-Bonita Elementary 717
Guadalupe Union Elementary 671
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