California school district spending and test scores

Mupu 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 Mupu Elementary compare to other California districts?

Spending per student

$6,760   Median: $8,234

API score in 2010

801   Median: 783

$6,760 spent per student ($881,226 total expenditures)

Districts with similar spending per student
Oak Valley Union Elementary $6,800
Kirkwood Elementary $6,797
Beaumont Unified $6,764
Mupu Elementary $6,760
Mark Twain Union Elementary $6,749
Val Verde Unified $6,740
Victor Elementary $6,739
Spending per student
in districts with similar attendance
Surprise Valley Joint Unified (131.60) $15,207
Alexander Valley Union Elementary (125.90) $11,640
Shiloh Elementary (128.70) $8,272
Knights Ferry Elementary (127.50) $7,827
Hope Elementary (130.70) $7,264
Stone Corral Elementary (130.80) $7,092
Mupu Elementary (130.40) $6,760
Spending per student in adjacent districts
Santa Paula Elementary $8,867
Santa Clara Elementary $8,488
Ojai Unified $8,082
Fillmore Unified $7,907
Mupu Elementary $6,760

801 API score in 2010

Districts with similar API scores in 2010
Jamul-Dulzura Union Elementary 801
Flournoy Union Elementary 801
La Mesa-Spring Valley 801
Mupu Elementary 801
Corona-Norco Unified 801
Brisbane Elementary 801
Nevada Joint Union High 801
API scores in 2010
in districts with similar attendance
Alexander Valley Union Elementary (125.90) 894
Knights Ferry Elementary (127.50) 834
Shiloh Elementary (128.70) 811
Mupu Elementary (130.40) 801
Surprise Valley Joint Unified (131.60) 788
Hope Elementary (130.70) 689
Stone Corral Elementary (130.80) 562
API scores in 2010 in adjacent districts
Santa Clara Elementary 938
Ojai Unified 815
Mupu Elementary 801
Santa Paula Elementary 777
Fillmore Unified 720
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