Local Control Accountability Plan (LCAP)
LCAP at a Glance
What is the Local Control Funding Formula (LCFF):
In June of 2013, the legislature approved Gov. Jerry Brown's Local Control Funding Formula, the most sweeping education funding reform in decades. The LCFF represents a historic shift in how California funds public schools. With a focus on local decision-making, equity, accountability and transparency, it lays the foundation for local education agencies to improve student outcomes and close achievement gaps. The new system has an eight-year implementation plan, with 2013-14 as the transition year.
What is the Local Control and Accountability Plan (LCAP):
The LCAP is a critical part of the new Local Control Funding Formula (LCFF). Each school district must engage parents, educators, employees and the community to establish these plans. The plans will describe the school district's overall vision for students, annual goals and specific actions the district will take to achieve the vision and goals. The LCAPs must focus on ten different areas identified as state priorities. The plans will also demonstrate how the district's budget will help achieve the goals, and assess each year how well the strategies in the plan were able to improve outcomes.
What is the California Dashboard:
The California Dashboard is an accountability tool that is used as a continuous improvement system that provides information about how Local Education Agencies (LEA) and school sites are meeting the needs of California's diverse student population based on a concise set of measures. The state designates measures are outlined below:
On the Dashboard, a school's, LEA's, or student group's performance on a state measure is graphically displayed by a gauge, that is broken into five different colored segments, to represent the five levels of performance. An arrow points to the color that corresponds to the performance for that measure. The picture below illustrates the five analog gauge meters used on the California School Dashboard. Each gauge meter is a half-circle dial that has five segments. Each segment represents a different performance level. The colors read from top to bottom: Blue, Green. Yellow, Orange. and Red. Blue represents the highest performance level while Red represents the lowest performance level. A needle indicates the performance level for the measure.