California has recently made a significant change to how schools are funded. This new funding model uses a formula designed to provide more local control over spending. As a result, school districts, county offices of education and charter schools are required to develop, adopt, and annually update a three-year Local Control Accountability Plan (LCAP). The LCAP is required to identify annual goals, specific actions geared toward implementing those goals, and must measure progress for student subgroups across multiple performance indicators based on eight priorities set by the State. These areas are: student achievement, student engagement, other student outcomes, course access, school climate, basic services, parental involvement, and implementation of the Common Core State Standards.
Since this is the first year of our new charter as Excel Academy, baseline numbers will be determined for each goal. For the years following, we will be able to identify targeted learners and subgroups (low income pupils, English learners, foster youth, redesignated fluent English proficient, and subgroups by ethnicity). Goals will be reviewed throughout the year, and re-evaluated in spring of each year for the Annual Update.
The LCAP is a critical part of the new Local Control Funding Formula (LCFF)
Every California school district, county office of education, and charter school must have a 3-year Local Control and Accountability Plan. Each school district must engage parents, educators, employees and the community to establish these plans. The plans will describe the school district’s overall vision for students, annual goals and specific actions the district will take to achieve the vision and goals. The LCAPs must focus on eight areas identified as state priorities. The plans will also demonstrate how the district’s budget will help achieve the goals, and assess each year how well the strategies in the plan were able to improve outcomes. Please see our school’s LCAP plan located below