California school district spending and test scores

Mission 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 Mission Union Elementary compare to other California districts?

Spending per student

$9,068   Median: $8,234

API score in 2010

839   Median: 783

$9,068 spent per student ($875,058 total expenditures)

Districts with similar spending per student
Mariposa County Unified $9,101
Earlimart Elementary $9,099
Santa Cruz City Elementary/High $9,089
Mission Union Elementary $9,068
Twin Rivers Unified $9,062
Pomona Unified $9,057
Belmont-Redwood Shores Elementary $9,056
Spending per student
in districts with similar attendance
Oro Grande Elementary (93.60) $33,673
Alpine County Unified (99.50) $29,954
Bolinas-Stinson Union Elementary (97.00) $27,794
Blochman Union Elementary (94.90) $11,493
Burnt Ranch Elementary (93.80) $11,000
Pacific Elementary (98.00) $9,781
Mission Union Elementary (96.50) $9,068
Spending per student in adjacent districts
Carmel Unified $17,451
Mission Union Elementary $9,068
Gonzales Unified $8,087
Soledad Unified $7,807

839 API score in 2010

Districts with similar API scores in 2010
Pioneer Union Elementary 839
Graves Elementary 839
Placerville Union Elementary 839
Mission Union Elementary 839
Wright Elementary 838
Gold Oak Union Elementary 837
Murrieta Valley Unified 837
API scores in 2010
in districts with similar attendance
Burnt Ranch Elementary (93.80) 862
Pacific Elementary (98.00) 850
Mission Union Elementary (96.50) 839
Oro Grande Elementary (93.60) 829
Bolinas-Stinson Union Elementary (97.00) 816
Blochman Union Elementary (94.90) 803
Alpine County Unified (99.50) 778
API scores in 2010 in adjacent districts
Carmel Unified 897
Mission Union Elementary 839
Soledad Unified 696
Gonzales Unified 682
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