California school district spending and test scores

Moreno Valley 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 Moreno Valley Unified compare to other California districts?

Spending per student

$7,688   Median: $8,234

API score in 2010

716   Median: 783

$7,688 spent per student ($262.4 million total expenditures)

Districts with similar spending per student
Buena Vista Elementary $7,711
San Leandro Unified $7,709
Scotia Union Elementary $7,690
Moreno Valley Unified $7,688
Conejo Valley Unified $7,687
South San Francisco Unified $7,680
San Jacinto Unified $7,680
Spending per student
in districts with similar attendance
Oakland Unified (35,825.90) $10,958
Stockton Unified (34,144.00) $9,240
Kern Union High (34,031.70) $9,109
Mt. Diablo Unified (32,471.90) $8,199
Moreno Valley Unified (34,136.60) $7,688
Clovis Unified (36,082.00) $7,638
Poway Unified (32,555.50) $7,216
Spending per student in adjacent districts
Perris Union High $8,601
Riverside Unified $8,055
Colton Joint Unified $7,936
Moreno Valley Unified $7,688
San Jacinto Unified $7,680
Nuview Union Elementary $7,488
Beaumont Unified $6,764
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716 API score in 2010

Districts with similar API scores in 2010
Rio Elementary 716
El Monte Union High 716
Di Giorgio Elementary 716
Moreno Valley Unified 716
Red Bluff Joint Union High 716
Willits Unified 716
Chualar Union Elementary 716
API scores in 2010
in districts with similar attendance
Poway Unified (32,555.50) 883
Clovis Unified (36,082.00) 866
Mt. Diablo Unified (32,471.90) 784
Oakland Unified (35,825.90) 719
Moreno Valley Unified (34,136.60) 716
Kern Union High (34,031.70) 708
Stockton Unified (34,144.00) 671
API scores in 2010 in adjacent districts
Beaumont Unified 786
Riverside Unified 781
Val Verde Unified 780
Nuview Union Elementary 771
Perris Union High 727
Moreno Valley Unified 716
San Jacinto Unified 715
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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