LCAP Focuses on Local Accountability


As part of the Local Control Funding Formula (LCFF), 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, and 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 of California. The priorities must be aligned with the district’s spending plan. In addition to these eight areas, a school and/or district may also identify and incorporate in its plan goals related to its own local priorities

  1. Provide all students access to fully credentialed teachers, instructional materials that align with state standards, and safe facilities.
  2. Implement 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.
  3. Solicit parent involvement and participation so the local community is engaged in the decision-making process and the educational programs of students.
  4. Improve student achievement and outcomes along multiple measures, including test scores, English proficiency, and college and career preparedness.
  5. Support student engagement, including whether students attend a school or are chronically absent.
  6. Highlight school climate and connectedness through a variety of factors, such as suspension and expulsion rates and other locally identified means.
  7. Ensure all students have access to classes that prepare them for college and careers regardless of what school they attend or where they live.
  8. Measure other important student outcomes related to required areas of study, including physical education and the arts.
The LCAP must be approved before the annual district budget can be adopted. Once the budget and LCAP are adopted at the local level, the plan will be reviewed by the chartering school district to ensure alignment of projected spending toward goals and services.

One requirement in the development of the LCAP is to solicit input from parents, teachers, students, local bargaining units, staff and other community members in regards to what they think would be the most effective goals for implementation in our schools toward reaching state priorities. Toward this end, Horizon implemented surveys and invited participation at local board meetings and regional events.

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