California school district spending and test scores

Mill Valley 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 Mill Valley Elementary compare to other California districts?

Spending per student

$10,357   Median: $8,234

API score in 2010

932   Median: 783

$10,357 spent per student ($27.1 million total expenditures)

Districts with similar spending per student
Trinity Alps Unified $10,365
Latrobe Elementary $10,363
Silver Valley Unified $10,360
Mill Valley Elementary $10,357
Willow Creek Elementary $10,331
Cuyama Joint Unified $10,329
Le Grand Union High $10,318
Spending per student
in districts with similar attendance
Mill Valley Elementary (2,612.70) $10,357
Lamont Elementary (2,605.40) $8,324
Mt. Pleasant Elementary (2,667.70) $8,278
Mojave Unified (2,632.10) $7,643
Newman-Crows Landing Unified (2,584.10) $7,429
Cucamonga Elementary (2,578.30) $7,291
Standard Elementary (2,668.80) $7,283
Spending per student in adjacent districts
Sausalito Marin City Elementary $33,949
Bolinas-Stinson Union Elementary $27,794
Reed Union Elementary $12,591
Kentfield Elementary $10,931
Larkspur Elementary $10,438
Mill Valley Elementary $10,357
San Francisco Unified $9,715

932 API score in 2010

Districts with similar API scores in 2010
Spencer Valley Elementary 934
Menlo Park City Elementary 933
La Canada Unified 933
Mill Valley Elementary 932
Cardiff Elementary 931
Laguna Joint Elementary 929
Manhattan Beach Unified 926
API scores in 2010
in districts with similar attendance
Mill Valley Elementary (2,612.70) 932
Cucamonga Elementary (2,578.30) 774
Mt. Pleasant Elementary (2,667.70) 756
Standard Elementary (2,668.80) 745
Newman-Crows Landing Unified (2,584.10) 735
Lamont Elementary (2,605.40) 706
Mojave Unified (2,632.10) 670
API scores in 2010 in adjacent districts
Reed Union Elementary 953
Kentfield Elementary 940
Mill Valley Elementary 932
Larkspur Elementary 920
Bolinas-Stinson Union Elementary 816
San Francisco Unified 791
Sausalito Marin City Elementary 745
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