California school district spending and test scores

Live Oak 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 Live Oak Elementary compare to other California districts?

Spending per student

$8,337   Median: $8,234

API score in 2010

753   Median: 783

$8,337 spent per student ($14.6 million total expenditures)

Districts with similar spending per student
El Centro Elementary $8,346
Magnolia Elementary $8,341
Ontario-Montclair Elementary $8,340
Live Oak Elementary $8,337
Pollock Pines Elementary $8,328
Duarte Unified $8,327
Glendale Unified $8,325
Spending per student
in districts with similar attendance
Pacific Grove Unified (1,743.30) $12,647
Live Oak Elementary (1,749.00) $8,337
Brawley Union High (1,760.90) $8,168
Soquel Union Elementary (1,748.60) $7,556
Winton Elementary (1,744.80) $7,395
Bonsall Union Elementary (1,765.30) $7,317
Lammersville Elementary (1,765.90) $6,170
Spending per student in adjacent districts
Pajaro Valley Unified $9,271
Live Oak Elementary $8,337
Soquel Union Elementary $7,556

753 API score in 2010

Districts with similar API scores in 2010
Hemet Unified 753
Helendale Elementary 753
Shaffer Union Elementary 753
Live Oak Elementary 753
Chowchilla Elementary 753
Sacramento City Unified 753
Kernville Union Elementary 753
API scores in 2010
in districts with similar attendance
Pacific Grove Unified (1,743.30) 877
Lammersville Elementary (1,765.90) 862
Bonsall Union Elementary (1,765.30) 853
Soquel Union Elementary (1,748.60) 828
Winton Elementary (1,744.80) 758
Live Oak Elementary (1,749.00) 753
Brawley Union High (1,760.90) 704
API scores in 2010 in adjacent districts
Soquel Union Elementary 828
Live Oak Elementary 753
Pajaro Valley Unified 713
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