As part of the annual budget process, school districts and county office of education across the state will put together Local Control and Accountability Plans that include annual goals in eight specific areas.
Each year, the district will gather input from employees, parents and the community to create a plan that includes goals in the following areas.
- Student Achievement: looks at academic progress measured by statewide assessment data, student enrollment in college prep classes, and reclassification rates for English learners.
- School Climate: includes parent satisfaction survey data along with suspension and expulsion rates.
- Credentials and Materials: focuses on teacher assignments, facilities being in good repair, students having access to textbooks among other things.
- Implementation of Common Core Standards: explores how instruction is aligned with the new Common Core State Standards.
- Other Student Outcomes: addresses how schools follow the same course of study by grade level and subject area.
- Parental Involvement: reflects efforts to seek parent input and encourage parent participation.
- Course Access: looks at whether students have access to broad courses of study.
- Student Engagement: includes attendance rates, drop-out rates, and high school graduation rates.
The plan will measure student progress identify goals and describes how the district intends to meet those goals for all students. The document will be updated annually but include a three-year plan.
The new accountability plans are part of the state's new Local Control Funding Formula, which simplifies the system and gives school districts more budgetary freedom.
Now, most of the funding will be based on a per-pupil dollar amount that varies slightly for different grade levels. Additional money will be available based on the number of students within a district that need extra support. These include English language learners, students from low-income families and foster youth.
The new funding formula presents a historic opportunity to focus on improving student outcomes, closing achievement gaps, and increasing the level of communication between our schools and our community.
To learn more about The LCFF or LCAP, visit the San Diego County Office of Education's LCAP page or the California Department of Education webpage.