Local Control and Accountability Plans (LCAPs)
- Eight State Priority Areas
The LCAP groups the eight state priorities into three categories:
Conditions of Learning
- Access to core services as measured by the extent to which students are taught by fully credentialed teachers, have standards-aligned textbooks and materials, and attend classes in safe and clean facilities.
- Implementation of the California State Standards for all students.
- Access to a broad course of study and programs for high-needs and exceptional students: One measure will be levels of enrollment in all required courses for admittance to a 4-year state university.
- Student achievement as measured by performance on standardized tests, the Academic Performance Index, the proportion of students who are "college and career ready," the percentage of English learners who are reclassified as fluent in English, the share of high school students who pass Advanced Placement course exams with a score of at least a 3 out of 5, and other measures.
- Other student outcomes as measured by performance in other required areas of study such as physical education and the arts. Other forms of assessments, such as SAT or ACT college entrance examination scores of high school students, could also be included.
- Student engagement as measured by graduation and middle and high school dropout rates, chronic absenteeism and attendance.
- Parent involvement as measured by the extent to which parents participate in key school decisions.
- School climate as measured by suspension and expulsion rates, and other measures as defined by local school districts.
Role of County Offices
The new funding plan includes a significant role for county offices of education, which will annually review all district accountability plans. The county office will verify that each district's Local Control and Accountability Plan complies with the requirements for the plan set by the State Board of Education, and that the district's budget reflects the plan's goals.
The law sets up a timetable for a multi-step review that could lead to several revisions:
- The district must send the plan to the county office of education within five days of adopting it
- The county office has until Aug. 15 to seek clarification about the plan
- The district then has 15 days to respond to the county's request for clarification
- The county has another 15 days to make recommended changes to the plan
- The district must consider those recommendations at a public hearing within 15 days
- The county office of education has until Oct. 8 each year to approve district LCAP and adopted or revised budget or reject it for failing to comply with state requirements and work with the district to improve it.