California school district spending and test scores

Manchester Union 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 Manchester Union Elementary compare to other California districts?

Spending per student

$15,470   Median: $8,234

API score in 2010

752   Median: 783

$15,470 spent per student ($815,246 total expenditures)

Districts with similar spending per student
Ross Elementary $16,240
Bridgeville Elementary $16,169
Big Pine Unified $15,566
Manchester Union Elementary $15,470
Warner Unified $15,338
Klamath-Trinity Joint Unified $15,244
Julian Union Elementary $15,219
Spending per student
in districts with similar attendance
San Lucas Union Elementary (55.50) $19,045
Manchester Union Elementary (52.70) $15,470
Bradley Union Elementary (53.50) $13,345
Big Lagoon Union Elementary (51.30) $9,526
Gazelle Union Elementary (52.20) $9,178
Mountain House Elementary (47.30) $8,707
Santa Clara Elementary (54.20) $8,488
Spending per student in adjacent districts
Manchester Union Elementary $15,470
Mendocino Unified $14,211
Anderson Valley Unified $10,891

752 API score in 2010

Districts with similar API scores in 2010
Alvord Unified 752
Tulelake Basin Joint Unified 752
Susanville Elementary 752
Manchester Union Elementary 752
Southern Trinity Joint Unified 752
Leggett Valley Unified 752
Peninsula Union Elementary 752
API scores in 2010
in districts with similar attendance
Santa Clara Elementary (54.20) 938
Big Lagoon Union Elementary (51.30) 866
Bradley Union Elementary (53.50) 843
Gazelle Union Elementary (52.20) 762
Manchester Union Elementary (52.70) 752
Mountain House Elementary (47.30) 743
San Lucas Union Elementary (55.50) 644
API scores in 2010 in adjacent districts
Mendocino Unified 825
Anderson Valley Unified 776
Manchester Union Elementary 752
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