California school district spending and test scores

Mountain House 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 Mountain House Elementary compare to other California districts?

Spending per student

$8,707   Median: $8,234

API score in 2010

743   Median: 783

$8,707 spent per student ($412,009 total expenditures)

Districts with similar spending per student
Long Beach Unified $8,719
Cienega Union Elementary $8,718
Nevada Joint Union High $8,707
Mountain House Elementary $8,707
Mcfarland Unified $8,704
Westmorland Union Elementary $8,704
Wasco Union High $8,704
Spending per student
in districts with similar attendance
Mattole Unified (45.60) $31,771
Nicasio Elementary (47.00) $17,059
Manchester Union Elementary (52.70) $15,470
Willow Creek Elementary (45.50) $10,331
Big Lagoon Union Elementary (51.30) $9,526
Gazelle Union Elementary (52.20) $9,178
Mountain House Elementary (47.30) $8,707
Spending per student in adjacent districts
Mountain House Elementary $8,707
Livermore Valley Joint Unified $7,993
Byron Union Elementary $7,609
Liberty Union High $7,519
Jefferson Elementary $6,478
Lammersville Elementary $6,170

743 API score in 2010

Districts with similar API scores in 2010
Adelanto Elementary 743
Liberty Elementary 743
Lemoore Union Elementary 743
Mountain House Elementary 743
Anderson Union High 743
Porterville Unified 743
American Union Elementary 743
API scores in 2010
in districts with similar attendance
Nicasio Elementary (47.00) 871
Big Lagoon Union Elementary (51.30) 866
Gazelle Union Elementary (52.20) 762
Manchester Union Elementary (52.70) 752
Mountain House Elementary (47.30) 743
Mattole Unified (45.60) 728
Willow Creek Elementary (45.50) 722
API scores in 2010 in adjacent districts
Lammersville Elementary 862
Jefferson Elementary 837
Livermore Valley Joint Unified 822
Byron Union Elementary 797
Liberty Union High 747
Mountain House Elementary 743
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