California school district spending and test scores

Midway 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 Midway Elementary compare to other California districts?

Spending per student

$21,888   Median: $8,234

API score in 2010

797   Median: 783

$21,888 spent per student ($1.4 million total expenditures)

Districts with similar spending per student
Leggett Valley Unified $22,446
Taft Union High $21,932
Vista Del Mar Union Elementary $21,904
Midway Elementary $21,888
Elkins Elementary $21,794
Round Valley Unified $21,676
Green Point Elementary $21,436
Spending per student
in districts with similar attendance
Death Valley Unified (58.00) $27,770
Midway Elementary (61.70) $21,888
Pope Valley Union Elementary (60.00) $18,908
Gorman Elementary (58.60) $12,780
Castle Rock Union Elementary (63.70) $11,493
Bend Elementary (63.10) $9,597
Canyon Elementary (65.80) $9,320
Spending per student in adjacent districts
Midway Elementary $21,888
Mckittrick Elementary $11,050
Kern Union High $9,109
Buttonwillow Union Elementary $8,176
Taft City Elementary $8,047
Atascadero Unified $7,135

797 API score in 2010

Districts with similar API scores in 2010
Black Oak Mine Unified 797
Placer Union High 797
Snowline Joint Unified 797
Midway Elementary 797
Mariposa County Unified 797
Byron Union Elementary 797
Rohnerville Elementary 797
API scores in 2010
in districts with similar attendance
Canyon Elementary (65.80) 898
Castle Rock Union Elementary (63.70) 821
Midway Elementary (61.70) 797
Gorman Elementary (58.60) 784
Bend Elementary (63.10) 770
Death Valley Unified (58.00) 737
Pope Valley Union Elementary (60.00) 736
API scores in 2010 in adjacent districts
Mckittrick Elementary 846
Atascadero Unified 804
Midway Elementary 797
Kern Union High 708
Taft City Elementary 674
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