California school district spending and test scores

Mother Lode 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 Mother Lode Union Elementary compare to other California districts?

Spending per student

$7,379   Median: $8,234

API score in 2010

849   Median: 783

$7,379 spent per student ($9.4 million total expenditures)

Districts with similar spending per student
Auburn Union Elementary $7,392
Temecula Valley Unified $7,388
Moorpark Unified $7,380
Mother Lode Union Elementary $7,379
Murrieta Valley Unified $7,367
Oakdale Joint Unified $7,367
Pixley Union Elementary $7,367
Spending per student
in districts with similar attendance
Saint Helena Unified (1,274.20) $17,671
Thermalito Union Elementary (1,288.60) $9,363
Caruthers Unified (1,280.80) $8,489
Mark West Union Elementary (1,268.20) $7,639
Pierce Joint Unified (1,272.50) $7,428
Piner-Olivet Union Elementary (1,271.90) $7,407
Mother Lode Union Elementary (1,273.50) $7,379
Spending per student in adjacent districts
Latrobe Elementary $10,363
Pioneer Union Elementary $8,127
Gold Oak Union Elementary $7,737
Placerville Union Elementary $7,605
Gold Trail Union Elementary $7,515
Mother Lode Union Elementary $7,379
Amador County Unified $7,093
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849 API score in 2010

Districts with similar API scores in 2010
Pacific Elementary 850
Tustin Unified 850
Vallecito Union Elementary 849
Mother Lode Union Elementary 849
Templeton Unified 848
Chula Vista Elementary 848
Freshwater Elementary 848
API scores in 2010
in districts with similar attendance
Mark West Union Elementary (1,268.20) 854
Mother Lode Union Elementary (1,273.50) 849
Piner-Olivet Union Elementary (1,271.90) 808
Saint Helena Unified (1,274.20) 793
Caruthers Unified (1,280.80) 749
Pierce Joint Unified (1,272.50) 737
Thermalito Union Elementary (1,288.60) 733
API scores in 2010 in adjacent districts
Latrobe Elementary 918
Rescue Union Elementary 888
Buckeye Union Elementary 887
Gold Trail Union Elementary 861
Mother Lode Union Elementary 849
Placerville Union Elementary 839
Pioneer Union Elementary 839
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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