California school district spending and test scores

Meadows 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 Meadows Union Elementary compare to other California districts?

Spending per student

$8,754   Median: $8,234

API score in 2010

748   Median: 783

$8,754 spent per student ($4.2 million total expenditures)

Districts with similar spending per student
Saucelito Elementary $8,757
Bakersfield City Elementary $8,755
Delphic Elementary $8,754
Meadows Union Elementary $8,754
Vallecitos Elementary $8,744
Kings River Union Elementary $8,743
Red Bluff Joint Union High $8,739
Spending per student
in districts with similar attendance
Mendocino Unified (475.90) $14,211
Summerville Union High (470.00) $11,266
Meadows Union Elementary (476.00) $8,754
Ferndale Unified (475.00) $8,462
Knightsen Elementary (476.90) $7,824
Alta Vista Elementary (484.00) $7,748
Ackerman Elementary (479.90) $6,474
Spending per student in adjacent districts
Meadows Union Elementary $8,754
Holtville Unified $8,451
El Centro Elementary $8,346
Heber Elementary $8,059
Imperial Unified $7,109
Mccabe Union Elementary $6,330

748 API score in 2010

Districts with similar API scores in 2010
Anaheim Union High 748
Kings Canyon Joint Unified 748
Central Unified 748
Meadows Union Elementary 748
Delano Joint Union High 748
Cascade Union Elementary 748
Chaffey Joint Union High 747
API scores in 2010
in districts with similar attendance
Knightsen Elementary (476.90) 848
Ackerman Elementary (479.90) 846
Mendocino Unified (475.90) 825
Summerville Union High (470.00) 797
Ferndale Unified (475.00) 784
Meadows Union Elementary (476.00) 748
Alta Vista Elementary (484.00) 621
API scores in 2010 in adjacent districts
Mccabe Union Elementary 864
Imperial Unified 815
El Centro Elementary 772
Heber Elementary 771
Meadows Union Elementary 748
Holtville Unified 735
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