Local Control Accountability Plan
The Local Control and Accountability Plan or LCAP is a critical part of California's Local Control Funding Formula (LCFF). It is a three-year, district-level plan that is updated annually. The plan describes the school district's key goals for students as well as the specific actions (with expenditures) the district will take to achieve the goals and the means (metrics) used to measure progress.
The LCAP addresses the needs of all students, including specific student groups, and all districts must specifically address English learners, foster youth, and low-income students. In addition, the LCAP must address the state of California's eight priority areas that include student academic achievement, school climate, student access to a broad curriculum, and parent engagement. School districts may identify their own local priorities. The district spending plan aligns to these academic priorities.
About The LCAP
California's School Finance System
On July 1, 2013, Governor Jerry Brown instituted the Local Control Funding Formula (LCFF) that changed how California funds its K-12 schools.
Local Control Funding Formula (LCFF)The Local Control Funding Formula was a major change to how California has supported local educational agencies. Through the local control funding formula the state is providing new decision-making power to local educational agencies to act based on the needs they see for students. In addition, this shifts California from treating funding as an input to support students to a resource that is linked to performance expectations.
Local Control and Accountability Plan (LCAP)The Local Control Funding Formula requires districts to complete a Local Control and Accountability Plan. The LCAP is LCFF’s vehicle for transparency and engagement. It is the way that LEAs are expected to share performance data, needs, actions, and anticipated outcomes that guide the use of available LCFF funding. LCAPs are three-year plans, updated annually.
8 Priority Areas
LCFF identifies eight priority areas
- Basic Necessities: teachers, instructional materials, facilities
- Common Core State Standards
- Parental Involvement
- Student Achievement: State assessments, API, EL reclassification rates, college preparedness, etc.
- Student Engagement: attendance, dropout and graduation rates
- School Climate: suspension and expulsion, parent surveys
- Access to Courses
- Other student outcomes in subject areas
LCAP Stakeholder Engagement
LCAP Parent Advisory Committees
LCFF legislation requires two LCAP parent advisory committees to review and comment on the district's plan. An existing parent advisory committee on English learners, such as DELAC, can serve as one of the LCAP parent advisory. The other parent advisory committee must include parents or legal guardians of students who are low-income, English Learners and children in the foster care system.
The District English Learner Advisory Committee advises the district on English learners. It reviews expenditure and accountability reports on the use of LCFF funds for English Learners. As one of two LCAP parent advisory committees, DELAC reviews and comments on the draft LCAP and its annual updates.
- LCAP Parent Advisory Committee
Parent Advisory Committee members represent the three LCFF target student groups. Members serve on the committee for three-year terms. They meet at least once each year to review and comment on the draft LCAP and its annual updates.
Applications to apply for the LCAP Parent Advisory Committee are provided below.
LCAP Parent Advisory Committee Meeting Dates: