California school district spending and test scores

Outside Creek 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 Outside Creek Elementary compare to other California districts?

Spending per student

$7,201   Median: $8,234

API score in 2010

781   Median: 783

$7,201 spent per student ($845,220 total expenditures)

Districts with similar spending per student
Upland Unified $7,224
Poway Unified $7,216
Orange Unified $7,208
Outside Creek Elementary $7,201
Tres Pinos Union Elementary $7,199
Walnut Valley Unified $7,197
Sonora Elementary $7,184
Spending per student
in districts with similar attendance
Cuddeback Union Elementary (116.20) $9,532
Bangor Union Elementary (119.30) $8,915
Roberts Ferry Union Elementary (117.00) $8,899
Round Valley Joint Elementary (119.70) $8,580
Nuestro Elementary (114.80) $8,063
Outside Creek Elementary (117.40) $7,201
Plainsburg Union Elementary (118.10) $5,874
Spending per student in adjacent districts
Tulare Joint Union High $9,473
Farmersville Unified $9,223
Lindsay Unified $8,272
Visalia Unified $7,428
Sundale Union Elementary $7,296
Outside Creek Elementary $7,201
Exeter Union Elementary $7,005

781 API score in 2010

Districts with similar API scores in 2010
Riverside Unified 781
Buena Vista Elementary 781
South Bay Union Elementary 781
Outside Creek Elementary 781
Lake Tahoe Unified 781
Carpinteria Unified 781
Grass Valley Elementary 780
API scores in 2010
in districts with similar attendance
Plainsburg Union Elementary (118.10) 863
Nuestro Elementary (114.80) 830
Round Valley Joint Elementary (119.70) 829
Cuddeback Union Elementary (116.20) 828
Roberts Ferry Union Elementary (117.00) 787
Outside Creek Elementary (117.40) 781
Bangor Union Elementary (119.30) 752
API scores in 2010 in adjacent districts
Sundale Union Elementary 845
Outside Creek Elementary 781
Exeter Union Elementary 763
Visalia Unified 759
Tulare Joint Union High 718
Farmersville Unified 698
Lindsay Unified 658
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