California school district spending and test scores

Monterey Peninsula 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 Monterey Peninsula Unified compare to other California districts?

Spending per student

$8,008   Median: $8,234

API score in 2010

739   Median: 783

$8,008 spent per student ($82.1 million total expenditures)

Districts with similar spending per student
Alview-Dairyland Union Elementary $8,023
Lemon Grove Elementary $8,019
Westminster Elementary $8,013
Monterey Peninsula Unified $8,008
Campbell Union Elementary $8,005
Fortuna Union Elementary $7,999
Pittsburg Unified $7,995
Spending per student
in districts with similar attendance
Azusa Unified (10,431.60) $8,248
Monterey Peninsula Unified (10,252.60) $8,008
Carlsbad Unified (10,404.50) $7,927
Gilroy Unified (10,324.00) $7,869
San Mateo-Foster City Elementary (10,249.90) $7,778
Lucia Mar Unified (10,136.80) $7,406
Rocklin Unified (10,144.90) $6,879
Spending per student in adjacent districts
Carmel Unified $17,451
Pacific Grove Unified $12,647
Salinas Union High $8,250
Monterey Peninsula Unified $8,008
North Monterey County Unified $7,891
Washington Union Elementary $6,908
Spreckels Union Elementary $6,322

739 API score in 2010

Districts with similar API scores in 2010
Los Olivos Elementary 739
San Lorenzo Unified 739
Cloverdale Unified 739
Monterey Peninsula Unified 739
Planada Elementary 739
Merced Union High 739
Lone Pine Unified 738
API scores in 2010
in districts with similar attendance
Rocklin Unified (10,144.90) 874
Carlsbad Unified (10,404.50) 859
San Mateo-Foster City Elementary (10,249.90) 840
Lucia Mar Unified (10,136.80) 815
Gilroy Unified (10,324.00) 777
Monterey Peninsula Unified (10,252.60) 739
Azusa Unified (10,431.60) 713
API scores in 2010 in adjacent districts
Washington Union Elementary 903
Carmel Unified 897
Pacific Grove Unified 877
Spreckels Union Elementary 855
Monterey Peninsula Unified 739
Salinas Union High 701
North Monterey County Unified 695
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