California school district spending and test scores

Montague 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 Montague Elementary compare to other California districts?

Spending per student

$9,229   Median: $8,234

API score in 2010

759   Median: 783

$9,229 spent per student ($1.3 million total expenditures)

Districts with similar spending per student
River Delta Joint Unified $9,240
Hughes-Elizabeth Lakes Union Elementary $9,235
Mountain View Elementary $9,232
Montague Elementary $9,229
San Jose Unified $9,224
Farmersville Unified $9,223
Belleview Elementary $9,218
Spending per student
in districts with similar attendance
Kenwood Elementary (142.20) $13,248
Marcum-Illinois Union Elementary (141.50) $9,941
Montague Elementary (140.90) $9,229
Reeds Creek Elementary (140.90) $7,728
Chicago Park Elementary (138.30) $7,328
Tres Pinos Union Elementary (138.30) $7,199
Plaza Elementary (136.70) $6,515
Spending per student in adjacent districts
Hornbrook Elementary $16,958
Willow Creek Elementary $10,331
Little Shasta Elementary $9,951
Montague Elementary $9,229
Delphic Elementary $8,754
Grenada Elementary $8,300
Yreka Union Elementary $7,507

759 API score in 2010

Districts with similar API scores in 2010
Winters Joint Unified 759
Morongo Unified 759
Brittan Elementary 759
Montague Elementary 759
Kingsburg Joint Union High 759
Palermo Union Elementary 759
Hornbrook Elementary 759
API scores in 2010
in districts with similar attendance
Plaza Elementary (136.70) 875
Kenwood Elementary (142.20) 871
Chicago Park Elementary (138.30) 829
Marcum-Illinois Union Elementary (141.50) 812
Reeds Creek Elementary (140.90) 777
Tres Pinos Union Elementary (138.30) 769
Montague Elementary (140.90) 759
API scores in 2010 in adjacent districts
Grenada Elementary 828
Yreka Union Elementary 796
Little Shasta Elementary 782
Delphic Elementary 763
Hornbrook Elementary 759
Montague Elementary 759
Willow Creek Elementary 722
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