California school district spending and test scores

Mccabe 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 Mccabe Union Elementary compare to other California districts?

Spending per student

$6,330   Median: $8,234

API score in 2010

864   Median: 783

$6,330 spent per student ($7.1 million total expenditures)

Districts with similar spending per student
Central Elementary $6,388
Clay Joint Elementary $6,367
Los Olivos Elementary $6,334
Mccabe Union Elementary $6,330
Sequoia Union Elementary $6,324
Spreckels Union Elementary $6,322
Dixon Unified $6,287
Spending per student
in districts with similar attendance
Calipatria Unified (1,124.00) $8,497
Edison Elementary (1,091.30) $7,718
Kingsburg Joint Union High (1,119.70) $7,665
Valle Lindo Elementary (1,103.50) $7,357
Mckinleyville Union Elementary (1,104.30) $7,336
Williams Unified (1,134.00) $7,283
Mccabe Union Elementary (1,116.00) $6,330
Spending per student in adjacent districts
Seeley Union Elementary $9,193
Meadows Union Elementary $8,754
Calexico Unified $8,668
El Centro Elementary $8,346
Heber Elementary $8,059
Imperial Unified $7,109
Mccabe Union Elementary $6,330

864 API score in 2010

Districts with similar API scores in 2010
Magnolia Union Elementary 865
Brea-Olinda Unified 864
Evergreen Union Elementary 864
Mccabe Union Elementary 864
Plainsburg Union Elementary 863
Pleasant Valley School 863
Harmony Union Elementary 863
API scores in 2010
in districts with similar attendance
Mccabe Union Elementary (1,116.00) 864
Valle Lindo Elementary (1,103.50) 824
Mckinleyville Union Elementary (1,104.30) 815
Calipatria Unified (1,124.00) 772
Kingsburg Joint Union High (1,119.70) 759
Williams Unified (1,134.00) 726
Edison Elementary (1,091.30) 713
API scores in 2010 in adjacent districts
Calexico Unified N/A
Mccabe Union Elementary 864
Imperial Unified 815
El Centro Elementary 772
Heber Elementary 771
Meadows Union Elementary 748
Seeley Union Elementary 714
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