California school district spending and test scores

Piner-Olivet 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 Piner-Olivet Union Elementary compare to other California districts?

Spending per student

$7,407   Median: $8,234

API score in 2010

808   Median: 783

$7,407 spent per student ($9.4 million total expenditures)

Districts with similar spending per student
Santa Maria-Bonita Elementary $7,414
Travis Unified $7,409
Di Giorgio Elementary $7,408
Piner-Olivet Union Elementary $7,407
Lucia Mar Unified $7,406
Brittan Elementary $7,403
Cypress Elementary $7,395
Spending per student
in districts with similar attendance
Saint Helena Unified (1,274.20) $17,671
Palermo Union Elementary (1,251.40) $8,278
Mark West Union Elementary (1,268.20) $7,639
Lakeside Union Elementary (1,250.40) $7,454
Pierce Joint Unified (1,272.50) $7,428
Piner-Olivet Union Elementary (1,271.90) $7,407
Mother Lode Union Elementary (1,273.50) $7,379
Spending per student in adjacent districts
West Sonoma County Union High $8,876
Forestville Union Elementary $8,194
Wright Elementary $8,040
Windsor Unified $7,836
Mark West Union Elementary $7,639
Oak Grove Union Elementary $7,427
Piner-Olivet Union Elementary $7,407

808 API score in 2010

Districts with similar API scores in 2010
Hart-Ransom Union Elementary 808
Scotia Union Elementary 808
Shasta Union High 808
Piner-Olivet Union Elementary 808
South San Francisco Unified 808
San Antonio Union Elementary 807
Little Lake City Elementary 807
API scores in 2010
in districts with similar attendance
Mark West Union Elementary (1,268.20) 854
Mother Lode Union Elementary (1,273.50) 849
Piner-Olivet Union Elementary (1,271.90) 808
Saint Helena Unified (1,274.20) 793
Lakeside Union Elementary (1,250.40) 773
Palermo Union Elementary (1,251.40) 759
Pierce Joint Unified (1,272.50) 737
API scores in 2010 in adjacent districts
Mark West Union Elementary 854
Oak Grove Union Elementary 843
Wright Elementary 838
Forestville Union Elementary 814
Piner-Olivet Union Elementary 808
West Sonoma County Union High 779
Windsor Unified 772
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