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

    This table shows revenue spent per student for local districts.

    Table 2: API Comparisons Over 8-year Period

     

    Portola Valley

    Woodside

    Palo Alto

    Hillsborough

    Las Lomitas

    Menlo Park

    2013 API*

    933

    965

    932

    969

    957

    944

    2005 API*

    939

    942

    903

    958

    941

    903

    API Change

    -6

    +27

    +29

    +11

    +16

    +41

    * = 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.