California school district spending and test scores

Mark Twain Union 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 Mark Twain Union Elementary compare to other California districts?

Spending per student

$6,749   Median: $8,234

API score in 2010

794   Median: 783

$6,749 spent per student ($4.9 million total expenditures)

Districts with similar spending per student
Kirkwood Elementary $6,797
Beaumont Unified $6,764
Mupu Elementary $6,760
Mark Twain Union Elementary $6,749
Val Verde Unified $6,740
Victor Elementary $6,739
Columbine Elementary $6,712
Spending per student
in districts with similar attendance
Coast Unified (717.00) $13,775
Emery Unified (726.90) $13,680
Southern Humboldt Joint Unified (716.60) $10,750
Sebastopol Union Elementary (726.70) $8,809
Keyes Union Elementary (726.50) $8,254
Mark Twain Union Elementary (724.60) $6,749
North County Joint Union Elementary (713.60) $6,711
Spending per student in adjacent districts
Vallecito Union Elementary $9,652
Sonora Union High $9,338
Jamestown Elementary $9,177
Valley Home Joint Elementary $8,540
Columbia Union Elementary $7,881
Knights Ferry Elementary $7,827
Calaveras Unified $7,429
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794 API score in 2010

Districts with similar API scores in 2010
Oakdale Joint Unified 794
Lawndale Elementary 794
Bass Lake Joint Union Elementary 794
Mark Twain Union Elementary 794
Sierra-Plumas Joint Unified 794
Plum Valley Elementary 793
Saint Helena Unified 793
API scores in 2010
in districts with similar attendance
North County Joint Union Elementary (713.60) 830
Mark Twain Union Elementary (724.60) 794
Sebastopol Union Elementary (726.70) 792
Coast Unified (717.00) 785
Southern Humboldt Joint Unified (716.60) 769
Keyes Union Elementary (726.50) 728
Emery Unified (726.90) 709
API scores in 2010 in adjacent districts
Valley Home Joint Elementary 852
Vallecito Union Elementary 849
Columbia Union Elementary 842
Knights Ferry Elementary 834
Mark Twain Union Elementary 794
Calaveras Unified 782
Jamestown Elementary 770
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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