California school district spending and test scores

Monte Rio Union 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 Monte Rio Union Elementary compare to other California districts?

Spending per student

$14,280   Median: $8,234

API score in 2010

872   Median: 783

$14,280 spent per student ($1.3 million total expenditures)

Districts with similar spending per student
Klamath River Union Elementary $14,400
Pioneer Union Elementary $14,292
Rancho Santa Fe Elementary $14,287
Monte Rio Union Elementary $14,280
Panoche Elementary $14,232
Mendocino Unified $14,211
Lone Pine Unified $14,207
Spending per student
in districts with similar attendance
Stony Creek Joint Unified (91.30) $20,907
Pine Ridge Elementary (89.80) $18,437
Monte Rio Union Elementary (89.50) $14,280
Dunsmuir Joint Union High (91.20) $13,634
Igo, Ono, Platina Union Elementary (83.50) $11,859
Mulberry Elementary (86.00) $7,352
Lagunita Elementary (85.00) $6,991
Spending per student in adjacent districts
Shoreline Unified $17,791
Fort Ross Elementary $17,123
Montgomery Elementary $16,539
Monte Rio Union Elementary $14,280
Harmony Union Elementary $11,353
Guerneville Elementary $9,389
Forestville Union Elementary $8,194

872 API score in 2010

Districts with similar API scores in 2010
Rincon Valley Union Elementary 873
Beverly Hills Unified 872
Etiwanda Elementary 872
Monte Rio Union Elementary 872
Clay Joint Elementary 871
Kenwood Elementary 871
Mt. Baldy Joint Elementary 871
API scores in 2010
in districts with similar attendance
Lagunita Elementary (85.00) 935
Monte Rio Union Elementary (89.50) 872
Pine Ridge Elementary (89.80) 846
Igo, Ono, Platina Union Elementary (83.50) 790
Mulberry Elementary (86.00) 784
Stony Creek Joint Unified (91.30) 724
Dunsmuir Joint Union High (91.20) 704
API scores in 2010 in adjacent districts
Monte Rio Union Elementary 872
Harmony Union Elementary 863
Guerneville Elementary 851
Montgomery Elementary 844
Forestville Union Elementary 814
Shoreline Unified 792
Fort Ross Elementary 767
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