California school district spending and test scores

Montgomery 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 Montgomery Elementary compare to other California districts?

Spending per student

$16,539   Median: $8,234

API score in 2010

844   Median: 783

$16,539 spent per student ($566,628 total expenditures)

Districts with similar spending per student
Portola Valley Elementary $16,981
Hornbrook Elementary $16,958
Camptonville Elementary $16,957
Montgomery Elementary $16,539
French Gulch-Whiskeytown Elementary $16,512
Spencer Valley Elementary $16,455
Lakeside Joint Elementary $16,421
Spending per student
in districts with similar attendance
Montgomery Elementary (34.30) $16,539
Spencer Valley Elementary (29.30) $16,455
Manton Joint Union Elementary (29.70) $14,857
Peninsula Union Elementary (33.50) $11,937
Kneeland Elementary (34.30) $11,723
Flournoy Union Elementary (34.90) $9,396
Cienega Union Elementary (34.30) $8,718
Spending per student in adjacent districts
Horicon Elementary $20,136
Fort Ross Elementary $17,123
Montgomery Elementary $16,539
Monte Rio Union Elementary $14,280
Guerneville Elementary $9,389
West Side Union Elementary $7,727

844 API score in 2010

Districts with similar API scores in 2010
Junction Elementary 845
Santa Monica-Malibu Unified 844
Cutten Elementary 844
Montgomery Elementary 844
Wiseburn Elementary 843
Bradley Union Elementary 843
Oak Grove Union Elementary 843
API scores in 2010
in districts with similar attendance
Spencer Valley Elementary (29.30) 934
Cienega Union Elementary (34.30) 859
Montgomery Elementary (34.30) 844
Flournoy Union Elementary (34.90) 801
Peninsula Union Elementary (33.50) 752
Manton Joint Union Elementary (29.70) 730
Kneeland Elementary (34.30) 698
API scores in 2010 in adjacent districts
Monte Rio Union Elementary 872
Guerneville Elementary 851
Montgomery Elementary 844
West Side Union Elementary 821
Fort Ross Elementary 767
Horicon Elementary 676
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