LOCAL CONTROL AND ACCOUNTABILITY PLAN (LCAP)
The LCAP is an ambitious document created from the input of the Laguna Beach USD community and the touchstone by which we guide and execute our efforts to educate children. It is comprised of goals that focus District practices and resources to ensure students are college and career ready upon graduation. The LCAP shows the alignment of LBUSD curriculum, instruction, assessment, and interventions with the eight State priorities. All stakeholders understand how the LCAP is constructed, how it reflects the District vision and mission, and the importance of ensuring fidelity to the goals. This document meets both the requirements of the state and the expectations of the District's stakeholders. The LCAP is a significant change in how school district funding priorities have been set, for the first time mandating significant engagement of stakeholders and demanding specific accountability for the effectiveness of the adopted strategies.
The Local Control Accountability Plan is a component of the Local Control Funding Formula (LCFF). Under the LCFF, all local educational agencies are required to prepare an LCAP, which describes how districts intend to meet annual goals for all pupils, with specific activities to address state and local priorities.
On June 11, 2019, a Public Hearing was held regarding the submission of the 2019-2022 LCAP. On June 25, 2019, the LCAP was submitted to the LBUSD Governing Board and was approved.
The Laguna Beach Unified School District thanks the community for its efforts in the development of this Local Control Accountability Plan.
California's School Dashboard Website is designed to help communities across the state access important information about K-12 districts and schools. Called the California School Dashboard (https://www.caschooldashboard.org), the site features easy-to-read reports on multiple measures of school success, including test scores, graduation rates, English learner progress and suspension rates. The Dashboard is part of California’s school accountability system based on 2013’s Local Control Funding Formula. It is the next step in a series of major shifts in public education that have raised the bar for student learning, transformed testing and placed the focus on equity for all students. To further describe the California School Dashboard, LBUSD has created a short video.
Why a new system and a new tool?
The Dashboard is a key part of California’s commitment to transparency and continuous improvement. California’s future success depends on tapping into the potential of all students, so they graduate ready for college, careers and life. For schools to reach this goal, teachers, parents and the community need clear and useful measures of progress. As an accountability tool, the Dashboard will help the state identify schools (including charter schools) and districts needing targeted assistance.
In the past, accountability systems for districts and schools relied solely on test scores. But one test taken on one particular day doesn’t provide a complete picture of all the ways schools are helping students succeed.
Think of it this way: You can’t drive a car by only watching the speedometer. You also keep your eye on the road, check the mirrors, monitor the gas tank and pay attention if the engine light comes on. Similarly, the Dashboard provides information on different aspects of student performance, which will give a more complete picture of a school’s progress. The Dashboard also reports on growth to show a school’s trajectory over time.
The Dashboard is deliberately designed to be a work in progress: Metrics and reports will be added over time. During the field testing phase, the state will be gathering feedback to make additional modifications. The exciting changes taking place in education will take time to fully implement. While schools are making progress in many key areas there is always more work to do. The Dashboard is part of an ongoing conversation with our community on both how we’re doing and how we can do better. Meeting goals will take a united effort, and I look forward to working with our families to ensure success for every student.
School Site Council
The School Site Council (SSC) serves as the school community representative body for determining the focus of the school’s academic instructional program and all related categorical resources. The legislative intent for the formation of a school site council is that individuals who are most affected by the operation of the school should have a major role in the decisions regarding how a school functions. Education should be a joint effort of parents, teachers, administrators, and other school staff – those whose common goal is the success of all students.
Purpose of the School Site Council:
- Annually develop and approve the Single Plan for Student Achievement (SPSA)
- Develop site level parent involvement policy
- Review the school parent compact (Title I Schools)
- Advise the district in the development of the Local Control and Accountability Plan (LCAP)
School Site Councils provide the following:
- An opportunity to develop shared leadership
- An opportunity to improve communication between the staff and parents
- A place to discuss issues, programs and to make decisions
- A way to educate members regarding school programs and categorical programs
Single Plan for Student Achievement (SPSA)
The SPSA serves as the organizer for an individual school’s improvement process. The plan should be developed with a deep understanding of root causes of student academic challenges and identify and implement research-based instructional strategies to raise the achievement of students who are not yet proficient by state standards. A well-developed SPSA can ensure that students are better equipped to meet the Common Core State Standards in English and math. It is critical that each school’s SPSA:
- Builds on a premise that students are capable of learning with effective instruction
- Includes school goals aligned with activities and goals included in the LCAP to maximize school reform efforts
- Is based on verifiable data analysis
- Focuses on student achievement and academic interventions
- Implements high leverage school improvement actions
- Directs resources where they will most directly improve student academic achievement
- Ensures that all resources are aligned to serve identified students’ needs
- Uses research-based strategies
- Implements strategic coordination of resources
To set school goals, the SSC should carefully review state and district priorities as stated in the LCAP, and assess both state and local quantitative and qualitative student achievement and other data to evaluate the effectiveness goals, actions, services, and expenditures.
Please use the links below to access the SPSA for each school site.