LCFF requires school districts to work with their stakeholders to develop a Local Control and Accountability Plan (LCAP), which explains how monies will be spent to meet the needs of English learners, low income students, and foster youth. The LCAP must also address how monies will be spent in each of the state’s eight priority areas: basic services, state standards, parent involvement, student achievement, student engagement, school climate, course access, and other student outcomes.
The No Child Left Behind Act (NCLB) of 2001 required all school districts that receive federal funds to develop a Local Educational Agency Plan, which describes how federal money will be spent in accordance with federal regulations. While NCLB expired in 2014 and was replaced with the Every Student Succeeds Act on December 10, 2015, the new provisions do not take effect until the 2017/2018 school year. As a result, the Local Educational Agency Plan requirement remains in place at this time. The LEAP is expected to be revised in the coming year to align with the new law.
California Education Code and federal law require schools that receive state and federal funds to develop a Single Plan for Student Achievement (SPSA). The SPSA describes how these monies will be spent to support student success in school.
State law requires California schools that receive state funds to annually prepare and distribute a School Accountability Report Card (SARC). The purpose of the report card is to provide parents and the community with important information about each public school. The SARC can be an effective way for a school to report its progress in achieving goals. The public may also use the SARC to evaluate and compare schools on a variety of indicators, including student achievement, school environment, resources, and student demographic information.