California school district spending and test scores

Magnolia 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 Magnolia Union Elementary compare to other California districts?

Spending per student

$7,907   Median: $8,234

API score in 2010

865   Median: 783

$7,907 spent per student ($856,709 total expenditures)

Districts with similar spending per student
Richland Union Elementary $7,913
Rincon Valley Union Elementary $7,913
Fillmore Unified $7,907
Magnolia Union Elementary $7,907
Placer Union High $7,903
Corning Union Elementary $7,901
Ceres Unified $7,901
Spending per student
in districts with similar attendance
Leggett Valley Unified (108.80) $22,446
Howell Mountain Elementary (105.00) $14,996
Ballard Elementary (110.50) $12,696
San Ardo Union Elementary (107.10) $12,068
Loleta Union Elementary (104.20) $9,331
Magnolia Union Elementary (108.40) $7,907
Fieldbrook Elementary (110.90) $7,099
Spending per student in adjacent districts
Desert Center Unified $39,282
San Pasqual Valley Unified $14,028
Calipatria Unified $8,497
Holtville Unified $8,451
Magnolia Union Elementary $7,907
Brawley Elementary $7,605
Mulberry Elementary $7,352

865 API score in 2010

Districts with similar API scores in 2010
Saugus Union Elementary 866
Roseville City Elementary 866
Goleta Union Elementary 865
Magnolia Union Elementary 865
Brea-Olinda Unified 864
Evergreen Union Elementary 864
Mccabe Union Elementary 864
API scores in 2010
in districts with similar attendance
Ballard Elementary (110.50) 948
Magnolia Union Elementary (108.40) 865
Fieldbrook Elementary (110.90) 858
Howell Mountain Elementary (105.00) 783
Leggett Valley Unified (108.80) 752
Loleta Union Elementary (104.20) 721
San Ardo Union Elementary (107.10) 602
API scores in 2010 in adjacent districts
Magnolia Union Elementary 865
Mulberry Elementary 784
Calipatria Unified 772
Brawley Elementary 751
Holtville Unified 735
San Pasqual Valley Unified 657
Desert Center Unified 611
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