California school district spending and test scores

Morongo 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 Morongo Unified compare to other California districts?

Spending per student

$8,047   Median: $8,234

API score in 2010

759   Median: 783

$8,047 spent per student ($70.6 million total expenditures)

Districts with similar spending per student
Exeter Union High $8,054
Alhambra Unified $8,047
Taft City Elementary $8,047
Morongo Unified $8,047
San Gabriel Unified $8,046
Center Joint Unified $8,045
Luther Burbank Elementary $8,044
Spending per student
in districts with similar attendance
Berkeley Unified (8,651.40) $12,092
Perris Union High (8,918.90) $8,601
Morongo Unified (8,772.40) $8,047
West Covina Unified (8,725.10) $7,800
South San Francisco Unified (8,950.00) $7,680
Morgan Hill Unified (8,668.70) $7,350
Tulare City Elementary (8,776.20) $7,174
Spending per student in adjacent districts
Silver Valley Unified $10,360
Banning Unified $9,515
Lucerne Valley Unified $8,892
Desert Sands Unified $8,203
Palm Springs Unified $8,164
Bear Valley Unified $8,106
Morongo Unified $8,047
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759 API score in 2010

Districts with similar API scores in 2010
Winters Joint Unified 759
Delhi Unified 759
Brittan Elementary 759
Morongo Unified 759
Trinity Alps Unified 759
Long Beach Unified 759
Kingsburg Joint Union High 759
API scores in 2010
in districts with similar attendance
South San Francisco Unified (8,950.00) 808
West Covina Unified (8,725.10) 798
Morgan Hill Unified (8,668.70) 789
Berkeley Unified (8,651.40) 785
Tulare City Elementary (8,776.20) 772
Morongo Unified (8,772.40) 759
Perris Union High (8,918.90) 727
API scores in 2010 in adjacent districts
Redlands Unified 800
Bear Valley Unified 791
Desert Sands Unified 787
Morongo Unified 759
Silver Valley Unified 749
Palm Springs Unified 733
Banning Unified 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