California school district spending and test scores

Menifee 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 Menifee Union Elementary compare to other California districts?

Spending per student

$6,919   Median: $8,234

API score in 2010

828   Median: 783

$6,919 spent per student ($58.7 million total expenditures)

Districts with similar spending per student
Willows Unified $6,959
Three Rivers Union Elementary $6,958
Cutten Elementary $6,923
Menifee Union Elementary $6,919
Brentwood Union Elementary $6,918
Snowline Joint Unified $6,916
General Shafter Elementary $6,912
Spending per student
in districts with similar attendance
East Whittier City Elementary (8,526.50) $9,584
Sanger Unified (8,536.70) $8,425
San Leandro Unified (8,352.70) $7,709
San Jacinto Unified (8,428.20) $7,680
Castro Valley Unified (8,554.70) $7,429
Los Banos Unified (8,429.50) $7,360
Menifee Union Elementary (8,480.30) $6,919
Spending per student in adjacent districts
Hemet Unified $8,199
Perris Elementary $7,653
Lake Elsinore Unified $7,574
Temecula Valley Unified $7,388
Murrieta Valley Unified $7,367
Menifee Union Elementary $6,919
Romoland Elementary $6,820

828 API score in 2010

Districts with similar API scores in 2010
Island Union Elementary 828
Sulphur Springs Union Elementary 828
Soquel Union Elementary 828
Menifee Union Elementary 828
Cuddeback Union Elementary 828
Grenada Elementary 828
Novato Unified 827
API scores in 2010
in districts with similar attendance
Castro Valley Unified (8,554.70) 854
Menifee Union Elementary (8,480.30) 828
East Whittier City Elementary (8,526.50) 824
Sanger Unified (8,536.70) 805
Los Banos Unified (8,429.50) 741
San Leandro Unified (8,352.70) 730
San Jacinto Unified (8,428.20) 715
API scores in 2010 in adjacent districts
Temecula Valley Unified 856
Murrieta Valley Unified 837
Menifee Union Elementary 828
Lake Elsinore Unified 814
Romoland Elementary 775
Perris Elementary 757
Hemet Unified 753
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