CA LCAP Assistance

The Local Control Accountability Plan (LCAP) in California is a required, written accountability plan that is one of the major strings attached to the new Local Control Funding Formula (LCFF) funds. To charter school operators, the LCAP will appear to be a cousin to several other required plans, especially the first several sections of the charter petition, the LEA plan, and possible WASC accreditation planning documents. Most authorizers consider the plan to be due July 1, 2014. As such and given the requirements for stakeholder input and feedback, CSMC recommends getting started drafting the plan within the next month.

The LCAP must identify three year and annual goals for all of 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 school will take to accomplish these goals and the expenditures to support the actions. The state has approved an LCAP template (really more of an outline) to assist in this process. This template can be found here:

CA Dept of Education LCAP Template

By law the LCAP must address eight state priorities. The above template groups these eight priorities into three sections:

  1. Conditions of Learning: are the teachers, materials and facilities conducive to learning?
  2. Pupil Outcomes: pupil achievement, including (but definitely not limited to) standardized tests
  3. Engagement: parent and pupil engagement and satisfaction with the school

Each of the three sections above in turn has three required steps / subsections: Stakeholder Engagement; Goals and Progress Indicators; and Actions, Services and Expenditures.

To assist your LCAP efforts, CSMC has been creating a process and timing roadmap along with filled-in example versions of the LCAP template. If your school is seeking help in the completion of your LCAP, don’t hesitate to contact CSMC today by calling or clicking here.