LCAP: Supporting Student Success
LCAP, or Local Control Accountability Plan, is the means by which the State of California manages its school finances at the local level. It is a critical part of California’s new Local Control Funding Formula (LCCF), which describes a school district’s key goals for students and the actions and expenditures the district will take to achieve the goals. LCAP describes in detail how the district will spend the funding it receives each year.
A three-year plan that gets updated annually, LCAP is designed to:
- Provide school districts and their communities with more local control
- Make it easier to respond to student’s needs within each school district
- Hold school districts more accountable for providing the programs and resources to create a level playing field for all students
- Provide access to the school district’s budget and planning process, allowing parents to help determine its local priorities and approach
- Provide extra funding for students with greater challenges
- Give school districts more flexibility on how to spend money to improve local schools
LCAP addresses the needs of all students, including specific student groups such as English learners, foster youth, and low-income students. It also describes the priorities the school district will use to measure progress toward the goals. These include:
- Student engagement
- Parent involvement
- School climate
- Student outcomes
- Student achievement
- Course access
- Implementation of state standards
- Basic services
Creating, reviewing and supporting the LCAP requires involvement from all members of the school community, including parents, students, community members, school employees and other stakeholders. The San Diego Unified School District LCAP was first developed in 2013-14, and approved by the Board of Education in June 2014. The second iteration of the plan was approved by the Board of Education in June 2015.
For more information, visit www.cde.ca.gov/fg/aa/lc/lcffoverview.asp or http://downloads.capta.org/edu/e-school-finance/LCFF-4pg_English.pdf.