JANUARY 10, 2019 - K12 DAILY
SBE moves to better align LCAP with feds
by Alisha Kirby
(Calif.) The California State Board of Education approved the addition of a new section to the Local Control Accountability Plans in which districts must identify what actions they will or are taking to improve their lowest performing schools.
In what will be one of the final actions made by outgoing members of the SBE, the vote also brought the state’s school accountability system closer into alignment to accountability requirements called for under the federal Every Student Succeeds Act.
Board member Sue Burr said during Wednesday’s meeting that this step is part of an ongoing process to ensure local education agencies understand that the LCAP is meant to be a strategic plan laying out how they intend to improve their schools, rather than another compliance document with boxes to check off.
“This does a good job of navigating what we’re required to do under federal law while still retaining the very clear message that it’s the LEAs responsibility to provide the and services to schools that are struggling,” Burr said. “It’s not the state’s [role] to reach down and try to deal with individual schools.”
When it was adopted in 2013, California’s Local Control Funding Formula gave local school officials authority over how to spend billions of dollars in state education money.
One condition, however, is that school districts adopt and annually update their LCAP—a document where officials must detail how they will use state funds to support at-risk students directed by the eight priorities, including academic outcomes, school climate, and student and family engagement.
In California, school districts are identified as low performing–or in need of additional support–if they continuously come up short on any of the eight state priorities with various student subgroups.
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