If you would like a printed copy of the LCAP, please contact Carol Tait in the Superintendent’s Office, firstname.lastname@example.org, or (805) 963-4338 x6202.
About the The Local Control Accountability Plan (LCAP)
The Local Control Accountability Plan (LCAP) is a critical part of the new Local Control Funding Formula (LCFF). It is a three-year budget and accountability plan that must focus on eight areas identified as state priorities. With parent and community input, schools districts must establish goals and actions for the entire district as well as for each school. The plans will demonstrate how each school district’s budget will help achieve the goals and annually assess how well the strategies in the plan were able to improve outcomes.
The goals and actions that the state now requires every school district and each school are based on eight areas:
- Providing all students access to fully credentialed teachers, instructional materials that align with state standards, and safe facilities.
- Implementation of California’s academic standards, including the Common Core State Standards in English language arts and math, Next Generation Science Standards, English language development, history-social science, visual and performing arts, health education and physical education standards.
- Parent involvement and participation, so the local community is engaged in the decision-making.
- Improving student achievement and outcomes along multiple measures, including test scores, English proficiency and college and career preparedness.
- Supporting student engagement, including whether students attend school or are chronically absent.
- Highlighting school climate and connectedness through a variety of factors, such as suspension and expulsion rates and other locally identified means.
- Ensuring all students have access to classes that prepare them for college and careers, regardless of what school they attend or where they live.
- Measuring other important student outcomes related to required areas of study, including physical education and the arts.
In addition to these eight areas, a district may also identify and incorporate in its plan goals related to its own local priorities.
Overview of the LCAP Development Process
The Santa Barbara Unified School District’s LCAP Committee is in the process of developing the first draft of the Local Control and Accountability Plan (LCAP).
Between March and June, school districts must engage their parents and communities and adopt their local plans.
Ultimately, the plan must be reviewed by stakeholders across the district. Because we are a district that has 15 percent or more English learners, a separate parent committee must provide feedback in this area. District representatives will meet with the District English Language Arts Committee, PTAs/PTOs, student representatives at each site, Staff/Special Education Parent Advisory Committee, and the Parent Advisory Committee. The final plans must be approved by July 1.
The initial plan will cover three years, but must be updated annually by the district by July 1 of each following year.
Update Regarding the 2020-2021 LCAP Development, May 2020
State changes to the Local Control and Accountability Plan in response to Governor Newsom’s Executive Order N-56-20
We have received guidance from the California Department of Education (CDE) regarding the Local Control and Accountability Plan (LCAP). A summary of the key aspects of the EO follows.
Governor Newsom recently issued Executive Order N-56-20, which extended the deadline for adoption of the 2020–21 LCAP from July 1, 2020, to December 15, 2020. The EO was established given the uncertainties caused by the COVID-19 pandemic and the impact California’s response has had on school districts’ ability to meaningfully engage with stakeholders. CDE guidance on the format, metrics, and stakeholder engagement will be forthcoming, pending state legislation, and is expected late summer.
In the meantime, school districts must submit a written report to their local board of education by June 30, 2020. The report must explain the changes made to program offerings in response to school closures to address the COVID-19 emergency, the major impacts of such closures on students and families, and a description of how the LEA is meeting the needs of its unduplicated students. We will post the report on our district website after approval by our local board of education.
The next 3-year LCAP is expected to address SY 2021-2024, and will be developed in spring 2021.