California school district spending and test scores

Maple 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 Maple Elementary compare to other California districts?

Spending per student

$6,248   Median: $8,234

API score in 2010

775   Median: 783

$6,248 spent per student ($1.6 million total expenditures)

Districts with similar spending per student
Sequoia Union Elementary $6,324
Spreckels Union Elementary $6,322
Dixon Unified $6,287
Maple Elementary $6,248
Solvang Elementary $6,206
Hickman Community Charter $6,192
Rosedale Union Elementary $6,176
Spending per student
in districts with similar attendance
Round Valley Unified (265.50) $21,676
North Cow Creek Elementary (263.70) $8,669
Shaffer Union Elementary (256.70) $8,362
Elverta Joint Elementary (265.60) $7,652
Island Union Elementary (258.30) $7,016
Maple Elementary (261.40) $6,248
Waukena Joint Union Elementary (257.10) $6,074
Spending per student in adjacent districts
Kern Union High $9,109
Buttonwillow Union Elementary $8,176
Richland Union Elementary $7,913
Wasco Union Elementary $7,745
Rio Bravo-Greeley Union Elementary $6,995
Maple Elementary $6,248

775 API score in 2010

Districts with similar API scores in 2010
Hilmar Unified 776
Savanna Elementary 775
Romoland Elementary 775
Maple Elementary 775
Lagunitas Elementary 774
Cucamonga Elementary 774
Burton Elementary 774
API scores in 2010
in districts with similar attendance
North Cow Creek Elementary (263.70) 890
Island Union Elementary (258.30) 828
Elverta Joint Elementary (265.60) 825
Maple Elementary (261.40) 775
Shaffer Union Elementary (256.70) 753
Waukena Joint Union Elementary (257.10) 679
Round Valley Unified (265.50) 566
API scores in 2010 in adjacent districts
Rio Bravo-Greeley Union Elementary 785
Maple Elementary 775
Kern Union High 708
Wasco Union Elementary 692
Richland Union Elementary 679
Buttonwillow Union Elementary 670
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