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 Accountability Plan (LCAP). School districts must engage parents, educators, employees and the community to establish the LCAP. The LCAP is required to identify annual goals, and describes the actions, services and expenditures that improve student outcomes and address needs in eight State priority areas. The metrics that will be 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: fully credentialed teachers, instructional materials that align with state standards, and safe facilities
- Implementation of State Standards: English Language Arts (ELA), Math, Next Generation Science, History-Social Science
- Pupil Achievement: along multiple measures, including test scores, English proficiency and college and career preparedness
- Pupil Engagement: including school attendance rates
- School Climate: and connectedness; suspension and expulsion rates; and other locally identified means
- Parental Involvement: and participation, engaging in the decision-making process and the educational programs of students
- Course Access: to classes that prepare them for college and careers
- Other Pupil Outcomes: related to required areas of study, including physical education and the arts.
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.