California school district spending and test scores

Ojai 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 Ojai Unified compare to other California districts?

Spending per student

$8,082   Median: $8,234

API score in 2010

815   Median: 783

$8,082 spent per student ($22.8 million total expenditures)

Districts with similar spending per student
Oxnard Union High $8,084
Fallbrook Union Elementary $8,084
Esparto Unified $8,082
Ojai Unified $8,082
Napa Valley Unified $8,076
Old Adobe Union Elementary $8,074
La Mesa-Spring Valley $8,069
Spending per student
in districts with similar attendance
Los Gatos Union Elementary (2,835.30) $9,311
Konocti Unified (2,805.40) $9,053
San Benito High (2,865.40) $8,656
Ojai Unified (2,815.30) $8,082
Rincon Valley Union Elementary (2,796.10) $7,913
Escalon Unified (2,817.70) $7,779
Romoland Elementary (2,812.30) $6,820
Spending per student in adjacent districts
College Elementary $17,382
Cuyama Joint Unified $10,329
Carpinteria Unified $9,787
Santa Ynez Valley Union High $9,547
Santa Paula Elementary $8,867
Santa Paula Union High $8,208
Ojai Unified $8,082
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815 API score in 2010

Districts with similar API scores in 2010
Lucia Mar Unified 815
Rosedale Union Elementary 815
Imperial Unified 815
Ojai Unified 815
Belridge Elementary 815
Auburn Union Elementary 815
Mckinleyville Union Elementary 815
API scores in 2010
in districts with similar attendance
Los Gatos Union Elementary (2,835.30) 921
Rincon Valley Union Elementary (2,796.10) 873
Ojai Unified (2,815.30) 815
Romoland Elementary (2,812.30) 775
Escalon Unified (2,817.70) 767
San Benito High (2,865.40) 740
Konocti Unified (2,805.40) 681
API scores in 2010 in adjacent districts
Santa Ynez Valley Union High 836
College Elementary 829
Ojai Unified 815
Mupu Elementary 801
Ventura Unified 800
Carpinteria Unified 781
Santa Paula Elementary 777
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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