California school district spending and test scores

Mountain View Elementary 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 Mountain View Elementary compare to other California districts?

Spending per student

$6,977   Median: $8,234

API score in 2010

814   Median: 783

$6,977 spent per student ($19.4 million total expenditures)

Districts with similar spending per student
Lemoore Union Elementary $6,993
Lagunita Elementary $6,991
Fountain Valley Elementary $6,981
Mountain View Elementary $6,977
Plumas Lake Elementary $6,976
Willows Unified $6,959
Three Rivers Union Elementary $6,958
Spending per student
in districts with similar attendance
Laguna Beach Unified (2,768.40) $13,773
Konocti Unified (2,805.40) $9,053
Rincon Valley Union Elementary (2,796.10) $7,913
Salida Union Elementary (2,756.60) $7,804
Burton Elementary (2,749.40) $7,737
Mountain View Elementary (2,778.80) $6,977
Romoland Elementary (2,812.30) $6,820
Spending per student in adjacent districts
Ontario-Montclair Elementary $8,340
Jurupa Unified $7,601
Chino Valley Unified $7,533
Corona-Norco Unified $7,303
Cucamonga Elementary $7,291
Mountain View Elementary $6,977

814 API score in 2010

Districts with similar API scores in 2010
Lake Elsinore Unified 814
Alhambra Unified 814
Forestville Union Elementary 814
Mountain View Elementary 814
Bella Vista Elementary 814
Pollock Pines Elementary 813
Soulsbyville Elementary 813
API scores in 2010
in districts with similar attendance
Laguna Beach Unified (2,768.40) 895
Rincon Valley Union Elementary (2,796.10) 873
Mountain View Elementary (2,778.80) 814
Salida Union Elementary (2,756.60) 776
Romoland Elementary (2,812.30) 775
Burton Elementary (2,749.40) 774
Konocti Unified (2,805.40) 681
API scores in 2010 in adjacent districts
Mountain View Elementary 814
Chino Valley Unified 812
Corona-Norco Unified 801
Cucamonga Elementary 774
Jurupa Unified 743
Ontario-Montclair Elementary 740
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