California school district spending and test scores

Mcfarland 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 Mcfarland Unified compare to other California districts?

Spending per student

$8,704   Median: $8,234

API score in 2010

680   Median: 783

$8,704 spent per student ($27.3 million total expenditures)

Districts with similar spending per student
Mountain House Elementary $8,707
Westmorland Union Elementary $8,704
Wasco Union High $8,704
Mcfarland Unified $8,704
Denair Unified $8,700
Redwood City Elementary $8,696
Lucerne Elementary $8,673
Spending per student
in districts with similar attendance
Mcfarland Unified (3,134.80) $8,704
Lafayette Elementary (3,110.50) $8,422
San Marino Unified (3,159.90) $8,350
Cambrian Elementary (3,116.10) $8,132
Southern Kern Unified (3,146.40) $7,935
Arvin Union Elementary (3,158.40) $7,495
Fruitvale Elementary (3,104.10) $6,904
Spending per student in adjacent districts
Delano Joint Union High $9,667
Kern Union High $9,109
Bakersfield City Elementary $8,755
Mcfarland Unified $8,704
Wasco Union High $8,704
Delano Union Elementary $8,086
Beardsley Elementary $7,929
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680 API score in 2010

Districts with similar API scores in 2010
Konocti Unified 681
Semitropic Elementary 681
Dunsmuir Elementary 680
Mcfarland Unified 680
Richland Union Elementary 679
Compton Unified 679
Waukena Joint Union Elementary 679
API scores in 2010
in districts with similar attendance
San Marino Unified (3,159.90) 949
Lafayette Elementary (3,110.50) 922
Cambrian Elementary (3,116.10) 878
Fruitvale Elementary (3,104.10) 857
Southern Kern Unified (3,146.40) 709
Arvin Union Elementary (3,158.40) 706
Mcfarland Unified (3,134.80) 680
API scores in 2010 in adjacent districts
Pond Union Elementary 816
Delano Joint Union High 748
Standard Elementary 745
Delano Union Elementary 740
Beardsley Elementary 721
Kern Union High 708
Bakersfield City Elementary 706
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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