California school district spending and test scores

Maricopa Unified 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 Maricopa Unified compare to other California districts?

Spending per student

$10,844   Median: $8,234

API score in 2010

649   Median: 783

$10,844 spent per student ($2.9 million total expenditures)

Districts with similar spending per student
Anderson Valley Unified $10,891
Lagunitas Elementary $10,868
Sierra Unified $10,845
Maricopa Unified $10,844
Upper Lake Union High $10,785
Alpaugh Unified $10,751
Southern Humboldt Joint Unified $10,750
Spending per student
in districts with similar attendance
Round Valley Unified (265.50) $21,676
Lagunitas Elementary (270.30) $10,868
Maricopa Unified (267.40) $10,844
South Fork Union Elementary (269.00) $9,326
North Cow Creek Elementary (263.70) $8,669
Elverta Joint Elementary (265.60) $7,652
Manzanita Elementary (267.70) $7,004
Spending per student in adjacent districts
Taft Union High $21,932
Maricopa Unified $10,844
Cuyama Joint Unified $10,329
Kern Union High $9,109
Taft City Elementary $8,047
El Tejon Unified $7,803
Lakeside Union Elementary $7,454
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649 API score in 2010

Districts with similar API scores in 2010
Fairfax Elementary 657
Greenfield Union Elementary 654
Baker Valley Unified 653
Maricopa Unified 649
Linns Valley-Poso Flat Union 645
San Lucas Union Elementary 644
Centinela Valley Union High 644
API scores in 2010
in districts with similar attendance
North Cow Creek Elementary (263.70) 890
Manzanita Elementary (267.70) 879
Elverta Joint Elementary (265.60) 825
Lagunitas Elementary (270.30) 774
South Fork Union Elementary (269.00) 755
Maricopa Unified (267.40) 649
Round Valley Unified (265.50) 566
API scores in 2010 in adjacent districts
Atascadero Unified 804
Panama-Buena Vista Union Elementary 790
Lakeside Union Elementary 773
El Tejon Unified 731
Cuyama Joint Unified 720
Taft Union High 715
Kern Union High 708
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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