California school district spending and test scores

Live Oak Unified 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 Unified compare to other California districts?

Spending per student

$7,745   Median: $8,234

API score in 2010

735   Median: 783

$7,745 spent per student ($13.7 million total expenditures)

Districts with similar spending per student
Orchard Elementary $7,747
Vineland Elementary $7,745
Wasco Union Elementary $7,745
Live Oak Unified $7,745
Las Virgenes Unified $7,742
Gold Oak Union Elementary $7,737
Burton Elementary $7,737
Spending per student
in districts with similar attendance
Central Union Elementary (1,812.20) $10,172
Waterford Unified (1,767.90) $8,871
Brawley Union High (1,760.90) $8,168
Corning Union Elementary (1,811.20) $7,901
Live Oak Unified (1,766.00) $7,745
Bonsall Union Elementary (1,765.30) $7,317
Lammersville Elementary (1,765.90) $6,170
Spending per student in adjacent districts
Nuestro Elementary $8,063
Colusa Unified $7,985
Marysville Joint Unified $7,916
Sutter Union High $7,856
Gridley Unified $7,782
Live Oak Unified $7,745
Brittan Elementary $7,403
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735 API score in 2010

Districts with similar API scores in 2010
Escondido Union Elementary 735
Baldwin Park Unified 735
Newman-Crows Landing Unified 735
Live Oak Unified 735
Salinas City Elementary 735
Holtville Unified 735
Klamath River Union Elementary 735
API scores in 2010
in districts with similar attendance
Lammersville Elementary (1,765.90) 862
Bonsall Union Elementary (1,765.30) 853
Central Union Elementary (1,812.20) 825
Waterford Unified (1,767.90) 782
Corning Union Elementary (1,811.20) 756
Live Oak Unified (1,766.00) 735
Brawley Union High (1,760.90) 704
API scores in 2010 in adjacent districts
Manzanita Elementary 879
Nuestro Elementary 830
Gridley Unified 789
Brittan Elementary 759
Marysville Joint Unified 736
Live Oak Unified 735
Sutter Union High 727
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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