California school district spending and test scores

Mountain View-Los Altos Union High 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-Los Altos Union High compare to other California districts?

Spending per student

$13,157   Median: $8,234

API score in 2010

852   Median: 783

$13,157 spent per student ($46.2 million total expenditures)

Districts with similar spending per student
Borrego Springs Unified $13,196
Bonny Doon Union Elementary $13,186
Las Lomitas Elementary $13,163
Mountain View-Los Altos Union High $13,157
Lewiston Elementary $13,147
Ravenswood City Elementary $12,987
Happy Camp Union Elementary $12,863
Spending per student
in districts with similar attendance
Mountain View-Los Altos Union High (3,510.70) $13,157
Goleta Union Elementary (3,563.40) $10,310
Santa Paula Elementary (3,516.10) $8,867
Nevada Joint Union High (3,449.20) $8,707
Brawley Elementary (3,574.20) $7,605
Imperial Unified (3,447.50) $7,109
Norris Elementary (3,398.80) $6,112
Spending per student in adjacent districts
Portola Valley Elementary $16,981
Palo Alto Unified $13,376
Mountain View-Los Altos Union High $13,157
Ravenswood City Elementary $12,987
Sequoia Union High $12,273
La Honda-Pescadero Unified $10,941
Sunnyvale Elementary $9,341
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852 API score in 2010

Districts with similar API scores in 2010
Valley Home Joint Elementary 852
Indian Springs Elementary 852
Hickman Community Charter 852
Mountain View-Los Altos Union High 852
Guerneville Elementary 851
Tustin Unified 850
Pacific Elementary 850
API scores in 2010
in districts with similar attendance
Goleta Union Elementary (3,563.40) 865
Mountain View-Los Altos Union High (3,510.70) 852
Norris Elementary (3,398.80) 841
Imperial Unified (3,447.50) 815
Nevada Joint Union High (3,449.20) 801
Santa Paula Elementary (3,516.10) 777
Brawley Elementary (3,574.20) 751
API scores in 2010 in adjacent districts
Cupertino Union Elementary 951
Portola Valley Elementary 949
Palo Alto Unified 925
Fremont Union High 875
Fremont Unified 868
Mountain View-Los Altos Union High 852
Sunnyvale Elementary 796
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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