Local Control and Accountability Plan (LCAP) Resources

Local Control and Accountability Plan


UPDATE: Senate Bill 98, approved by Governor Newsom on 6.29.20, made several key changes to accountability requirements for 2020-21.  These include the establishment of a new requirement – The Learning Continuity and Attendance Plan   Also changed was the Local Control and Accountability Plan (LCAP) timeline previously established by Governor Newsom’s Executive Order N-56-20.  Per SB 98, a 2020-21 LCAP is no longer required.  LCAP efforts in the 2020-21 year will now be focused on development of the next three-year LCAP (2021-22 through 2023-24) to be approved in June 2021.  Additional information regarding the Learning Continuity and Attendance Plan can be found here.

Senate Bill 98

California’s 2013-14 Budget Act included landmark legislation that greatly simplified the state’s school finance system. The changes introduced by the Local Control Funding Formula (LCFF) represent a major shift in how California funds Local Educational Agencies (LEAs). Under LCFF, California funds school districts, charter schools, and county offices of education equally per student with adjustments based on grade levels and demographic characteristics. LCFF replaces complexity in favor of equity, transparency, and continuous improvement.

A component of LCFF is the creation of the district-specific strategic plan called the Local Control and Accountability Plan (LCAP). Each LEA’s LCAP must outline goals, actions and services to support eight state priorities with special attention to increasing or improving services for low income, English learner and foster youth students.