California school district spending and test scores

San Miguel Joint 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 San Miguel Joint Union Elementary compare to other California districts?

Spending per student

$7,629   Median: $8,234

API score in 2010

754   Median: 783

$7,629 spent per student ($3.9 million total expenditures)

Districts with similar spending per student
Hilmar Unified $7,637
Covina-Valley Unified $7,636
Ballico-Cressey Elementary $7,635
San Miguel Joint Union Elementary $7,629
Pleasant Ridge Union Elementary $7,626
Whittier City Elementary $7,625
Mesa Union Elementary $7,617
Spending per student
in districts with similar attendance
Le Grand Union High (508.80) $10,318
Pleasant View Elementary (528.60) $8,227
Pleasant Valley Elementary (507.90) $8,107
San Miguel Joint Union Elementary (516.60) $7,629
Curtis Creek Elementary (523.90) $7,573
Gold Trail Union Elementary (522.50) $7,515
Soulsbyville Elementary (508.70) $7,230
Spending per student in adjacent districts
Coast Unified $13,775
Bradley Union Elementary $13,345
Shandon Joint Unified $11,188
King City Joint Union High $9,893
Pleasant Valley Joint Union Elementary $9,010
San Antonio Union Elementary $8,376
Paso Robles Joint Unified $7,843
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754 API score in 2010

Districts with similar API scores in 2010
Lennox Elementary 754
Mountain Valley Unified 754
Ceres Unified 754
San Miguel Joint Union Elementary 754
Owens Valley Unified 754
Norwalk-La Mirada Unified 754
Sacramento City Unified 753
API scores in 2010
in districts with similar attendance
Gold Trail Union Elementary (522.50) 861
Pleasant Valley Elementary (507.90) 819
Soulsbyville Elementary (508.70) 813
Curtis Creek Elementary (523.90) 779
San Miguel Joint Union Elementary (516.60) 754
Le Grand Union High (508.80) 726
Pleasant View Elementary (528.60) 701
API scores in 2010 in adjacent districts
Bradley Union Elementary 843
San Antonio Union Elementary 807
Pleasant Valley Joint Union Elementary 806
Paso Robles Joint Unified 786
Coast Unified 785
Shandon Joint Unified 755
San Miguel Joint Union Elementary 754
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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