California school district spending and test scores

North Monterey County 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 North Monterey County Unified compare to other California districts?

Spending per student

$7,891   Median: $8,234

API score in 2010

695   Median: 783

$7,891 spent per student ($33.5 million total expenditures)

Districts with similar spending per student
Ceres Unified $7,901
Somis Union Elementary $7,899
Palo Verde Unified $7,896
North Monterey County Unified $7,891
Cajon Valley Union Elementary $7,888
Eureka Union Elementary $7,882
Columbia Union Elementary $7,881
Spending per student
in districts with similar attendance
Banning Unified (4,288.80) $9,515
North Monterey County Unified (4,248.20) $7,891
Rim of The World Unified (4,247.20) $7,875
Rio Elementary (4,238.70) $7,583
Centralia Elementary (4,421.10) $7,578
Kerman Unified (4,247.90) $7,329
Atwater Elementary (4,255.30) $7,049
Spending per student in adjacent districts
Pajaro Valley Unified $9,271
Graves Elementary $8,723
Salinas Union High $8,250
Monterey Peninsula Unified $8,008
North Monterey County Unified $7,891
Lagunita Elementary $6,991
Santa Rita Union Elementary $6,870
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695 API score in 2010

Districts with similar API scores in 2010
West Contra Costa Unified 696
Soledad Unified 696
Westmorland Union Elementary 695
North Monterey County Unified 695
Hot Springs Elementary 692
Oroville Union High 692
Wasco Union Elementary 692
API scores in 2010
in districts with similar attendance
Centralia Elementary (4,421.10) 830
Kerman Unified (4,247.90) 789
Atwater Elementary (4,255.30) 774
Rim of The World Unified (4,247.20) 767
Rio Elementary (4,238.70) 716
Banning Unified (4,288.80) 701
North Monterey County Unified (4,248.20) 695
API scores in 2010 in adjacent districts
Lagunita Elementary 935
Spreckels Union Elementary 855
Graves Elementary 839
Santa Rita Union Elementary 778
Monterey Peninsula Unified 739
Pajaro Valley Unified 713
Salinas Union High 701
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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