California school district spending and test scores

Meridian 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 Meridian Elementary compare to other California districts?

Spending per student

$7,472   Median: $8,234

API score in 2010

821   Median: 783

$7,472 spent per student ($594,485 total expenditures)

Districts with similar spending per student
Nuview Union Elementary $7,488
Saddleback Valley Unified $7,472
Gratton Elementary $7,472
Meridian Elementary $7,472
Manhattan Beach Unified $7,467
Chaffey Joint Union High $7,465
King City Union Elementary $7,464
Spending per student
in districts with similar attendance
Lakeside Joint Elementary (80.50) $16,421
Pioneer Union Elementary (78.60) $14,292
Raymond-Knowles Union Elementary (78.80) $12,067
Elk Hills Elementary (80.20) $11,719
Saucelito Elementary (79.00) $8,757
Meridian Elementary (79.60) $7,472
Kirkwood Elementary (81.30) $6,797
Spending per student in adjacent districts
Colusa Unified $7,985
Winship-Robbins School District $7,715
Meridian Elementary $7,472
Brittan Elementary $7,403

821 API score in 2010

Districts with similar API scores in 2010
Central Elementary 821
West Side Union Elementary 821
Westminster Elementary 821
Meridian Elementary 821
Castle Rock Union Elementary 821
San Bruno Park Elementary 820
Newport-Mesa Unified 820
API scores in 2010
in districts with similar attendance
Lakeside Joint Elementary (80.50) 963
Kirkwood Elementary (81.30) 832
Meridian Elementary (79.60) 821
Saucelito Elementary (79.00) 777
Raymond-Knowles Union Elementary (78.80) 770
Pioneer Union Elementary (78.60) 613
Elk Hills Elementary (80.20) 562
API scores in 2010 in adjacent districts
Meridian Elementary 821
Brittan Elementary 759
Winship-Robbins School District 736
Colusa Unified 710
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