California school district spending and test scores

Montebello Unified 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 Montebello Unified compare to other California districts?

Spending per student

$8,292   Median: $8,234

API score in 2010

710   Median: 783

$8,292 spent per student ($257.3 million total expenditures)

Districts with similar spending per student
Grenada Elementary $8,300
Cascade Union Elementary $8,299
Wilmar Union Elementary $8,293
Montebello Unified $8,292
Huntington Beach Union High $8,284
Sierra Sands Unified $8,283
Palermo Union Elementary $8,278
Spending per student
in districts with similar attendance
San Jose Unified (30,495.30) $9,224
Montebello Unified (31,027.00) $8,292
Mt. Diablo Unified (32,471.90) $8,199
Anaheim Union High (31,281.10) $8,168
Chino Valley Unified (30,688.00) $7,533
Saddleback Valley Unified (31,087.90) $7,472
Fremont Unified (31,014.40) $7,449
Spending per student in adjacent districts
Los Angeles Unified $10,015
Garvey Elementary $8,828
El Monte Union High $8,633
Montebello Unified $8,292
El Rancho Unified $8,184
Alhambra Unified $8,047
Downey Unified $7,572
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710 API score in 2010

Districts with similar API scores in 2010
Colusa Unified 710
Denair Unified 710
Colton Joint Unified 710
Montebello Unified 710
Westside Elementary 710
Southern Kern Unified 709
Los Angeles Unified 709
API scores in 2010
in districts with similar attendance
Fremont Unified (31,014.40) 868
Saddleback Valley Unified (31,087.90) 859
Chino Valley Unified (30,688.00) 812
San Jose Unified (30,495.30) 792
Mt. Diablo Unified (32,471.90) 784
Anaheim Union High (31,281.10) 748
Montebello Unified (31,027.00) 710
API scores in 2010 in adjacent districts
Valle Lindo Elementary 824
Alhambra Unified 814
Garvey Elementary 804
Downey Unified 771
El Rancho Unified 745
El Monte Union High 716
Montebello Unified 710
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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