With the new funding system's increased flexibility comes a requirement that districts engage stakeholders, including parents, in developing a Local Control and Accountability Plan.
This is a three-year plan focused on state and local priorities that describes goals, actions, services and expenditures to support student achievement
Eight State Priority Areas
The LCAP groups the eight state priorities into three categories:
Conditions of Learning:
1. Access to core services as measured by the extent to which students are taught by fully credentialed teachers, have standards-aligned textbooks and materials, and attend classes in safe and clean facilities.
2. Implementation of the Common Core State Standards for all students.
3. Access to a broad course of study and programs for high-needs and exceptional students: One measure will be the levels of enrollment in all required courses for admittance to a 4-year state university.
4. Student achievement as measured by performance on standardized tests, the Academic Performance Index, the proportion of students who are "college and career ready," the percentage of English learners who are reclassified as fluent in English, the share of high school students who pass Advanced Placement course exams with a score of at least a 3 out of 5, and other measures.
5. Other student outcomes as measured by performance in other required areas of study such as physical education and the arts. Other forms of assessments, such as SAT or ACT college entrance examination scores of high school students, could also be included.
6. Student engagement as measured by graduation and middle and high school dropout rates, chronic absenteeism and attendance.
7. Parent involvement as measured by the extent to which parents participate in key school decisions.
8. School climate as measured by suspension and expulsion rates, and other measures as defined by local school districts.
San Bernardino County Superintendent of Schools played a role in reviewing the plans, which must be developed and locally approved by July 1, 2014