California school district spending and test scores

El Monte Union High 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 El Monte Union High compare to other California districts?

Spending per student

$8,633   Median: $8,234

API score in 2010

716   Median: 783

$8,633 spent per student ($83.2 million total expenditures)

Districts with similar spending per student
San Benito High $8,656
San Lorenzo Valley Unified $8,643
San Juan Unified $8,638
El Monte Union High $8,633
Alameda City Unified $8,630
Terra Bella Union Elementary $8,624
Santa Barbara School Districts $8,619
Spending per student
in districts with similar attendance
Victor Valley Union High (9,831.30) $8,801
El Monte Union High (9,640.30) $8,633
Franklin-McKinley Elementary (9,617.90) $8,462
El Monte City Elementary (9,574.60) $8,370
Merced City Elementary (9,856.40) $7,533
Natomas Unified (9,677.10) $7,302
Bonita Unified (9,593.10) $7,274
Spending per student in adjacent districts
Bassett Unified $9,516
Garvey Elementary $8,828
El Monte Union High $8,633
Whittier Union High $8,393
Duarte Unified $8,327
Monrovia Unified $8,306
Montebello Unified $8,292
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716 API score in 2010

Districts with similar API scores in 2010
Rio Elementary 716
Moreno Valley Unified 716
Di Giorgio Elementary 716
El Monte Union High 716
Chualar Union Elementary 716
Willits Unified 716
Red Bluff Joint Union High 716
API scores in 2010
in districts with similar attendance
Bonita Unified (9,593.10) 840
Franklin-McKinley Elementary (9,617.90) 772
El Monte City Elementary (9,574.60) 760
Merced City Elementary (9,856.40) 758
Natomas Unified (9,677.10) 751
El Monte Union High (9,640.30) 716
Victor Valley Union High (9,831.30) 696
API scores in 2010 in adjacent districts
Arcadia Unified 922
Temple City Unified 885
San Gabriel Unified 830
Garvey Elementary 804
Monrovia Unified 797
Duarte Unified 772
Whittier Union High 765
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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