California school district spending and test scores

Milpitas 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 Milpitas Unified compare to other California districts?

Spending per student

$7,310   Median: $8,234

API score in 2010

831   Median: 783

$7,310 spent per student ($69.4 million total expenditures)

Districts with similar spending per student
Pacifica School District $7,319
Bonsall Union Elementary $7,317
Central Unified $7,312
Milpitas Unified $7,310
Corona-Norco Unified $7,303
Natomas Unified $7,302
Simi Valley Unified $7,300
Spending per student
in districts with similar attendance
Alameda City Unified (9,373.50) $8,630
Franklin-McKinley Elementary (9,617.90) $8,462
El Monte City Elementary (9,574.60) $8,370
Westminster Elementary (9,474.70) $8,013
Arcadia Unified (9,475.70) $7,542
Milpitas Unified (9,491.60) $7,310
Bonita Unified (9,593.10) $7,274
Spending per student in adjacent districts
Santa Clara Unified $9,647
Alum Rock Union Elementary $8,735
East Side Union High $8,671
Sunol Glen Unified $8,416
Livermore Valley Joint Unified $7,993
Orchard Elementary $7,747
Fremont Unified $7,449
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831 API score in 2010

Districts with similar API scores in 2010
Dunham Elementary 831
Campbell Union Elementary 831
Rio Dell Elementary 831
Milpitas Unified 831
Centralia Elementary 830
Nuestro Elementary 830
San Luis Coastal Unified 830
API scores in 2010
in districts with similar attendance
Arcadia Unified (9,475.70) 922
Bonita Unified (9,593.10) 840
Alameda City Unified (9,373.50) 833
Milpitas Unified (9,491.60) 831
Westminster Elementary (9,474.70) 821
Franklin-McKinley Elementary (9,617.90) 772
El Monte City Elementary (9,574.60) 760
API scores in 2010 in adjacent districts
Sunol Glen Unified 909
Fremont Unified 868
Milpitas Unified 831
Berryessa Union Elementary 824
Livermore Valley Joint Unified 822
Santa Clara Unified 799
Orchard Elementary 777
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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