Local Control Accountability Plan (LCAP)
Under California’s new public education funding rules, the Local Control Funding Formula (LCFF), school districts are required to develop, adopt, and annually update a three-year Local Control and Accountability Plan (LCAP). School districts must engage parents, educators, employees, and the community to establish the LCAP. The LCAP identifies annual goals and describes the actions, services, and expenditures that improve student outcomes and address needs in eight State priority areas. The metrics used to measure progress are identified in the LCAP along with baseline data and the gains expected for students as a result of the actions and services planned.
The Eight State Priorities are:
- Basic Services: Providing all students with access to fully credentialed teachers as well as instructional materials that align with state standards, and safe properly maintained facilities.
- Implementation of State Standards: Ensuring school programs and services enable all students, including English learners, to access California's academic content and performance standards including Common Core Standards for English Language Arts and Math, Next Generation Science Standards, and English Language Development Standards.
- Course Access: Ensuring all students have access to a broad course of study in all required subject areas including math, social science, science, visual and performing arts, health, physical education, and career and technical education that prepares them for college and careers regardless of what school they attend or where they live.
- Student Achievement: Improving achievement and outcomes for all students, as measured in multiple ways such as test scores, English proficiency, and college and career preparedness.
- Other Student Outcomes: Measuring other important indicators of student performance in all required areas of study,
- Student Engagement: Providing students with engaging programs and course work that keeps them in school, as measured in part by attendance rates, dropout rates, and graduation rates.
- Parent Involvement: Efforts by the school district and schools to seek input from all parents and to engage them in decision-making as well as promoting parent participation in programs that meet the needs of their students and all students.
- School Climate: Factors both inside and outside the classroom that impact student success such as health, safety, student discipline, and school connectedness, as measured in part by suspension and expulsion rates as well as surveys of students, teachers, and parents.
Districts are welcome to collaborate with local stakeholders to establish Local priorities in addition to those required by the state.
The LCAP specifies how programs, services, and student outcomes will be measurably improved in quantity or quality as a result of proportionate increases in funding for all students as well as subgroups including students designated as low income, Foster Youth, English Learners, and Students with Disabilities. Progress for student subgroups will be measured across multiple performance indicators, including student academic achievement, school climate, student access to a broad curriculum, and parent engagement.