California school district spending and test scores

Moraga 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 Moraga Elementary compare to other California districts?

Spending per student

$8,734   Median: $8,234

API score in 2010

945   Median: 783

$8,734 spent per student ($14.7 million total expenditures)

Districts with similar spending per student
Red Bluff Joint Union High $8,739
Oroville City Elementary $8,737
Alum Rock Union Elementary $8,735
Moraga Elementary $8,734
Colfax Elementary $8,723
Graves Elementary $8,723
Long Beach Unified $8,719
Spending per student
in districts with similar attendance
Anderson Union High (1,672.20) $9,261
Red Bluff Joint Union High (1,705.60) $8,739
Moraga Elementary (1,681.50) $8,734
Bellevue Union Elementary (1,682.00) $8,322
Old Adobe Union Elementary (1,691.20) $8,074
Acton-Agua Dulce Unified (1,653.80) $7,931
Beardsley Elementary (1,665.10) $7,929
Spending per student in adjacent districts
Orinda Union Elementary $9,473
Canyon Elementary $9,320
Moraga Elementary $8,734
Lafayette Elementary $8,422
San Ramon Valley Unified $7,824
Castro Valley Unified $7,429

945 API score in 2010

Districts with similar API scores in 2010
San Marino Unified 949
Ballard Elementary 948
Rancho Santa Fe Elementary 946
Moraga Elementary 945
Happy Valley Elementary 941
Kentfield Elementary 940
Ross Elementary 939
API scores in 2010
in districts with similar attendance
Moraga Elementary (1,681.50) 945
Old Adobe Union Elementary (1,691.20) 818
Acton-Agua Dulce Unified (1,653.80) 758
Anderson Union High (1,672.20) 743
Bellevue Union Elementary (1,682.00) 740
Beardsley Elementary (1,665.10) 721
Red Bluff Joint Union High (1,705.60) 716
API scores in 2010 in adjacent districts
Orinda Union Elementary 954
Moraga Elementary 945
Lafayette Elementary 922
San Ramon Valley Unified 916
Canyon Elementary 898
Castro Valley Unified 854
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