California school district spending and test scores

Oxnard 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 Oxnard Elementary compare to other California districts?

Spending per student

$8,058   Median: $8,234

API score in 2010

715   Median: 783

$8,058 spent per student ($120.9 million total expenditures)

Districts with similar spending per student
Lynwood Unified $8,061
Bellflower Unified $8,060
Heber Elementary $8,059
Oxnard Elementary $8,058
Lemoore Union High $8,057
Elk Grove Unified $8,057
Riverside Unified $8,055
Spending per student
in districts with similar attendance
Paramount Unified (15,002.20) $8,321
Baldwin Park Unified (15,254.10) $8,155
Rowland Unified (15,389.50) $8,088
Oxnard Union High (14,865.30) $8,084
Oxnard Elementary (15,006.60) $8,058
Cajon Valley Union Elementary (15,114.90) $7,888
Burbank Unified (14,760.80) $7,659
Spending per student in adjacent districts
Oxnard Elementary $8,058
Hueneme Elementary $7,877
Ventura Unified $7,855
Ocean View Elementary $7,766
Rio Elementary $7,583

715 API score in 2010

Districts with similar API scores in 2010
Armona Union Elementary 715
San Jacinto Unified 715
Riverbank Unified 715
Oxnard Elementary 715
Terra Bella Union Elementary 715
Taft Union High 715
Seeley Union Elementary 714
API scores in 2010
in districts with similar attendance
Burbank Unified (14,760.80) 832
Rowland Unified (15,389.50) 792
Cajon Valley Union Elementary (15,114.90) 785
Baldwin Park Unified (15,254.10) 735
Paramount Unified (15,002.20) 733
Oxnard Union High (14,865.30) 720
Oxnard Elementary (15,006.60) 715
API scores in 2010 in adjacent districts
Ventura Unified 800
Ocean View Elementary 725
Hueneme Elementary 721
Rio Elementary 716
Oxnard Elementary 715
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