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What is the Local Control Accountability Plan (LCAP)?
This written accountable plan must address state and local priorities set forth by the California Department of Education (CDE). The LCAP must identify three years of annual goals for all the charter's students, for "numerically significant subgroups", for students with disabilities, and for LCFF-targeted students (free/reduced, EL, foster). The plan then outlines annual actions that the charter will take to accomplish these goals and the expenditures to support the actions. On Nov. 2, 2016 the CDE approved a new LCAP template meant to maximize transparency and make it easy to use for stakeholders.
This template can be found Here
How does the Local Control Accountability Plan (LCAP) effect LEAs?
Under the Local Control Funding Formula (LCFF) all LEAs are required to prepare an LCAP describing how the school intends to meet annual goals for students. To charter School operators, the LCAP plays a major role in the first several sections of the charter petition, the LEA plan, and possible WASC accreditation planning documents.
Not sure what should be in your LCAP?
By law the LCAP must address eight state priorities:
Conditions of Learning
Are the teachers, materials, and facilities conducive to learning?
Pupil achievement, including (but definitely not limited to) standardized testing.
Parent and pupil egagement and satisfaction with the school.
Each of the three sections above in turn have three required steps / subsections:
Stakeholder Engagement | Goals and Progress Indicators | Actions, Services, and Expenditures
Still need help? CSMC can help!
To assist in your LCAP efforts, CSMC works closely with the industries LCAP experts finding ways to make the LCAP process approachable. CSMC offers an extensive LCAP Assistance Program that assist in getting an LCAP plan written and offers an exclusive LCAP Planning Module to clients who use Charter Vision. With CSMC's assistance your LCAP will align with your charter petition and budget. CSMC has helped dozens of schools write and submit compliant LCAPs, while ensuring that the plan includes relevant and strategic information that goes beyond basic requirements. If your school is seeking completion of your LCAP, don’t hesitate to contact CSMC Today.