California school district spending and test scores

Oak Park 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 Oak Park Unified compare to other California districts?

Spending per student

$8,148   Median: $8,234

API score in 2010

916   Median: 783

$8,148 spent per student ($30.1 million total expenditures)

Districts with similar spending per student
Lodi Unified $8,163
Baldwin Park Unified $8,155
Orland Joint Unified $8,151
Oak Park Unified $8,148
San Rafael City Elementary $8,139
Merced Union High $8,137
Grass Valley Elementary $8,136
Spending per student
in districts with similar attendance
Paradise Unified (3,679.50) $8,591
Eureka City Unified (3,659.40) $8,469
Albany City Unified (3,660.20) $8,356
Oak Park Unified (3,690.50) $8,148
San Rafael City Elementary (3,794.10) $8,139
Lemon Grove Elementary (3,709.90) $8,019
Dixon Unified (3,706.10) $6,287
Spending per student in adjacent districts
Oak Park Unified $8,148
Las Virgenes Unified $7,742
Conejo Valley Unified $7,687
Simi Valley Unified $7,300

916 API score in 2010

Districts with similar API scores in 2010
Latrobe Elementary 918
San Ramon Valley Unified 916
Irvine Unified 916
Oak Park Unified 916
Whitmore Union Elementary 915
Liberty Elementary 913
Palos Verdes Peninsula Unified 912
API scores in 2010
in districts with similar attendance
Oak Park Unified (3,690.50) 916
Albany City Unified (3,660.20) 878
San Rafael City Elementary (3,794.10) 796
Eureka City Unified (3,659.40) 766
Lemon Grove Elementary (3,709.90) 760
Dixon Unified (3,706.10) 751
Paradise Unified (3,679.50) 749
API scores in 2010 in adjacent districts
Oak Park Unified 916
Las Virgenes Unified 882
Conejo Valley Unified 866
Simi Valley Unified 816
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