California school district spending and test scores

Merced City 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 Merced City Elementary compare to other California districts?

Spending per student

$7,533   Median: $8,234

API score in 2010

758   Median: 783

$7,533 spent per student ($74.2 million total expenditures)

Districts with similar spending per student
Arcadia Unified $7,542
Redlands Unified $7,536
Chino Valley Unified $7,533
Merced City Elementary $7,533
Linden Unified $7,530
Hermosa Beach City Elementary $7,527
Liberty Union High $7,519
Spending per student
in districts with similar attendance
Fremont Union High (9,860.50) $9,172
Victor Valley Union High (9,831.30) $8,801
El Monte Union High (9,640.30) $8,633
Merced Union High (9,871.90) $8,137
Woodland Joint Unified (9,916.50) $7,646
Merced City Elementary (9,856.40) $7,533
Natomas Unified (9,677.10) $7,302
Spending per student in adjacent districts
Le Grand Union High $10,318
Merced River Union Elementary $9,498
Snelling-Merced Falls Union Elementary $9,272
Planada Elementary $8,477
Merced City Elementary $7,533
Atwater Elementary $7,049
Weaver Union Elementary $6,870
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758 API score in 2010

Districts with similar API scores in 2010
Acton-Agua Dulce Unified 758
Gerber Union Elementary 758
Greenfield Union Elementary 758
Merced City Elementary 758
Sweetwater Union High 758
Pasadena Unified 758
Winton Elementary 758
API scores in 2010
in districts with similar attendance
Fremont Union High (9,860.50) 875
Merced City Elementary (9,856.40) 758
Natomas Unified (9,677.10) 751
Merced Union High (9,871.90) 739
Woodland Joint Unified (9,916.50) 733
El Monte Union High (9,640.30) 716
Victor Valley Union High (9,831.30) 696
API scores in 2010 in adjacent districts
McSwain Union Elementary 869
Snelling-Merced Falls Union Elementary 827
Weaver Union Elementary 782
Atwater Elementary 774
Merced City Elementary 758
Merced River Union Elementary 749
Planada Elementary 739
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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