California school district spending and test scores

Mountain Empire 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 Mountain Empire Unified compare to other California districts?

Spending per student

$9,823   Median: $8,234

API score in 2010

700   Median: 783

$9,823 spent per student ($15.2 million total expenditures)

Districts with similar spending per student
Cinnabar Elementary $9,898
King City Joint Union High $9,893
San Diego Unified $9,855
Mountain Empire Unified $9,823
Carpinteria Unified $9,787
San Luis Coastal Unified $9,781
Pacific Elementary $9,781
Spending per student
in districts with similar attendance
Sierra Unified (1,500.20) $10,845
Mountain Empire Unified (1,543.30) $9,823
John Swett Unified (1,545.60) $9,311
Black Oak Mine Unified (1,554.80) $8,572
Middletown Unified (1,510.80) $8,043
Pleasant Ridge Union Elementary (1,516.50) $7,626
Pioneer Union Elementary (1,551.20) $6,995
Spending per student in adjacent districts
Julian Union High $16,301
Julian Union Elementary $15,219
Mountain Empire Unified $9,823
Grossmont Union High $9,325
Alpine Union Elementary $8,168
Jamul-Dulzura Union Elementary $7,861
Imperial Unified $7,109

700 API score in 2010

Districts with similar API scores in 2010
Salinas Union High 701
West Fresno Elementary 700
Golden Feather Union Elementary 700
Mountain Empire Unified 700
Eastside Union Elementary 699
San Bernardino City Unified 699
Farmersville Unified 698
API scores in 2010
in districts with similar attendance
Pleasant Ridge Union Elementary (1,516.50) 857
Pioneer Union Elementary (1,551.20) 847
Sierra Unified (1,500.20) 813
Black Oak Mine Unified (1,554.80) 797
Middletown Unified (1,510.80) 791
John Swett Unified (1,545.60) 734
Mountain Empire Unified (1,543.30) 700
API scores in 2010 in adjacent districts
Alpine Union Elementary 858
Julian Union Elementary 825
Imperial Unified 815
Jamul-Dulzura Union Elementary 801
Julian Union High 741
Grossmont Union High 736
Mountain Empire Unified 700
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