How does increased school funding correlate to student achievement gains in MPCSD?
Menlo Park City School District provides a comparable or better learning experience to our neighboring high-achieving school districts. However, that wasn’t always the case. On nearly all measures that matter to a community — class size, high quality teachers, electives/arts, technology, facilities — MPCSD provides an equivalent or better experience than our peers. We have been able to do so because of the thoughtful leadership and financial stewardship of our Board and district staff since the mid-1990’s. Below is a chart and table that illustrates two realities:
- MPCSD achieved higher growth with less funding.
- The Board and District’s work to increase funding correlates to higher student achievement.
2013-14 Achievement Data Compared to Academic Outcomes
Table 1: Revenue Per Student
Table 2: API Comparisons Over 8-year Period
* = The API (Academic Performance Index) was a measurement of academic performance and progress of individual schools and districts in California. It was one of the main components of the Public Schools Accountability Act passed by the California legislature in 1999. The range of API scores extends from a low of 200 to a high of 1000. The API stopped being used as a measurement in 2013 with the introduction of the Common Core Standards; a new measurement tool begins in 2017.