California school district spending and test scores

Moreland 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 Moreland Elementary compare to other California districts?

Spending per student

$9,183   Median: $8,234

API score in 2010

870   Median: 783

$9,183 spent per student ($36.5 million total expenditures)

Districts with similar spending per student
Belleview Elementary $9,218
Fresno Unified $9,199
Seeley Union Elementary $9,193
Moreland Elementary $9,183
Willits Unified $9,182
Gazelle Union Elementary $9,178
Jamestown Elementary $9,177
Spending per student
in districts with similar attendance
Sonoma Valley Unified (4,003.30) $9,389
Moreland Elementary (3,974.80) $9,183
Cutler-Orosi Joint Unified (3,973.90) $8,950
Lakeside Union Elementary (3,987.30) $8,478
Coalinga-Huron Joint Unified (3,971.60) $8,245
Amador County Unified (3,962.10) $7,093
Rescue Union Elementary (3,984.50) $6,593
Spending per student in adjacent districts
Los Gatos-Saratoga Joint Union High $11,579
Saratoga Union Elementary $10,547
Moreland Elementary $9,183
Fremont Union High $9,172
Campbell Union Elementary $8,005
Cupertino Union Elementary $7,590

870 API score in 2010

Districts with similar API scores in 2010
Gravenstein Union Elementary 870
Richmond Elementary 870
Hydesville Elementary 870
Moreland Elementary 870
McSwain Union Elementary 869
Fremont Unified 868
Redondo Beach Unified 868
API scores in 2010
in districts with similar attendance
Rescue Union Elementary (3,984.50) 888
Moreland Elementary (3,974.80) 870
Lakeside Union Elementary (3,987.30) 811
Amador County Unified (3,962.10) 787
Sonoma Valley Unified (4,003.30) 733
Coalinga-Huron Joint Unified (3,971.60) 697
Cutler-Orosi Joint Unified (3,973.90) 665
API scores in 2010 in adjacent districts
Saratoga Union Elementary 965
Cupertino Union Elementary 951
Los Gatos-Saratoga Joint Union High 898
Fremont Union High 875
Moreland Elementary 870
Campbell Union Elementary 831
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