Fulfilling the Promise of LCFF: Improving the LCAP

LCFF Resources

Local Control and Accountability Plan and Annual Update Template, California Department of Education, Chapter 14.5, Subchapter 1. §15497 (2015). Available at http://www.cde.ca.gov/fg/aa/lc/documents/ approvedlcaptemplate.doc

Districts, county offices of education, and charter schools must use this template—adopted by the California State Board of Education (SBE)—to describe goals within each of eight state priority areas and their plans to achieve those goals for all pupils and for identified subgroups. This template reflects revisions made to the original Local Control Accountability Plan (LCAP) that were approved by the SBE on January 8th, 2015. In Section 1 of the template, local education agencies (LEAs) must describe the process used to engage stakeholders in development of their LCAP. For each goal in the plan, LEAs must use Section 2 to identify applicable pupil subgroups, schools affected, the related state and local priorities, and metrics used to measure progress. In Section 3, LEAs must specify how they will use funds generated by the number and concentration of low income students, English Learners, and foster youth to provide increased or improved services for these pupils in proportion to the increase in funding. As part of the current iteration of the template, districts are to include an annual update for each goal identified in the template from the previous year.

State Board of Education Legal Counsel. (n.d.). Overview of LCFF/LCAP implementation progress. [Unpublished document provided by Brooks Allen for November 12-13, 2015, meeting of the California Collaborative on District Reform]. Available for members at this link.

This document summarizes the inception and ongoing state-level developments with implementation of the Local Control Funding Formula (LCFF). In addition to an overview of the law and its expectations for LEAs, the piece describes the evaluation rubrics currently under development by the SBE to support the overall LCFF objectives of improving student outcomes, supporting transparency, and increasing equity. When these rubrics are implemented in October 2016, they will direct attention to areas in need of additional support, with a particular focus on (1) access and opportunity, (2) graduation, and (3) college and career readiness. There are currently a handful of LEAs participating in a User Acceptance Test of the LCFF evaluation rubrics. These LEAs will provide input on select prototype sections of the rubrics as they are being developed and share their responses with the SBE. The SBE has also entered a contract with the San Joaquin County Office of Education to build an online application system for the evaluation rubrics. Additionally, an electronic version of the LCAP, the eTemplate, is currently being developed by the California Department of Education and will be available to LEAs for their 2016-17 planning.

State Board of Education & WestEd. (n.d.). LCFF major tasks and milestones. [Provided by Brooks Allen for November 12-13, 2015, meeting of the California Collaborative on District Reform]. Available for members at this link.

This graphic displays the timeline for key pieces of work related to LCFF implementation. This document shows that the final adoption of the LCAP evaluation rubrics should take place in July 2016.