California school district spending and test scores

Murrieta Valley Unified 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 Murrieta Valley Unified compare to other California districts?

Spending per student

$7,367   Median: $8,234

API score in 2010

837   Median: 783

$7,367 spent per student ($154.3 million total expenditures)

Districts with similar spending per student
Mother Lode Union Elementary $7,379
Oakdale Joint Unified $7,367
Pixley Union Elementary $7,367
Murrieta Valley Unified $7,367
Armona Union Elementary $7,366
Los Banos Unified $7,360
Susanville Elementary $7,360
Spending per student
in districts with similar attendance
Newport-Mesa Unified (20,699.50) $10,669
Antelope Valley Union High (21,628.00) $8,604
Vista Unified (21,558.60) $8,522
Hemet Unified (20,812.80) $8,199
Lake Elsinore Unified (20,835.00) $7,574
Murrieta Valley Unified (20,942.30) $7,367
Tustin Unified (21,589.20) $7,096
Spending per student in adjacent districts
Fallbrook Union High $10,068
Vallecitos Elementary $8,744
Perris Union High $8,601
Fallbrook Union Elementary $8,084
Lake Elsinore Unified $7,574
Saddleback Valley Unified $7,472
Temecula Valley Unified $7,388
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837 API score in 2010

Districts with similar API scores in 2010
Wright Elementary 838
Gold Oak Union Elementary 837
Jefferson Elementary 837
Murrieta Valley Unified 837
Moorpark Unified 836
Santa Ynez Valley Union High 836
Sonora Elementary 834
API scores in 2010
in districts with similar attendance
Tustin Unified (21,589.20) 850
Murrieta Valley Unified (20,942.30) 837
Newport-Mesa Unified (20,699.50) 820
Lake Elsinore Unified (20,835.00) 814
Vista Unified (21,558.60) 785
Hemet Unified (20,812.80) 753
Antelope Valley Union High (21,628.00) 671
API scores in 2010 in adjacent districts
Capistrano Unified 862
Saddleback Valley Unified 859
Temecula Valley Unified 856
Murrieta Valley Unified 837
Menifee Union Elementary 828
Lake Elsinore Unified 814
Fallbrook Union Elementary 799
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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