California school district spending and test scores

Marcum-Illinois 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 Marcum-Illinois Union Elementary compare to other California districts?

Spending per student

$9,941   Median: $8,234

API score in 2010

812   Median: 783

$9,941 spent per student ($1.4 million total expenditures)

Districts with similar spending per student
Los Angeles Unified $10,015
Santa Monica-Malibu Unified $10,010
Little Shasta Elementary $9,951
Marcum-Illinois Union Elementary $9,941
Junction Elementary $9,936
West Fresno Elementary $9,934
Westside Elementary $9,920
Spending per student
in districts with similar attendance
Kenwood Elementary (142.20) $13,248
Blue Lake Union Elementary (143.90) $10,212
Marcum-Illinois Union Elementary (141.50) $9,941
Montague Elementary (140.90) $9,229
Reeds Creek Elementary (140.90) $7,728
Chicago Park Elementary (138.30) $7,328
Lake Elementary (142.40) $6,019
Spending per student in adjacent districts
Marcum-Illinois Union Elementary $9,941
Wheatland Union High $8,378
Western Placer Unified $7,914
Sutter Union High $7,856
Winship-Robbins School District $7,715
Elverta Joint Elementary $7,652
Woodland Joint Unified $7,646
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812 API score in 2010

Districts with similar API scores in 2010
Springville Union Elementary 812
Douglas City Elementary 812
Chino Valley Unified 812
Marcum-Illinois Union Elementary 812
Plumas Unified 811
Shiloh Elementary 811
Fullerton Joint Union High 811
API scores in 2010
in districts with similar attendance
Kenwood Elementary (142.20) 871
Chicago Park Elementary (138.30) 829
Marcum-Illinois Union Elementary (141.50) 812
Lake Elementary (142.40) 810
Reeds Creek Elementary (140.90) 777
Blue Lake Union Elementary (143.90) 768
Montague Elementary (140.90) 759
API scores in 2010 in adjacent districts
Browns Elementary 853
Elverta Joint Elementary 825
Pleasant Grove Joint Union Elementary 823
Western Placer Unified 816
Marcum-Illinois Union Elementary 812
Plumas Lake Elementary 797
Yuba City Unified 783
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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