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Local Control Accountability Plan (LCAP)

Frequently Asked Questions for Blueprint and LCAP

What is the Blueprint for Educational Excellence and Innovation?

The Blueprint is a plan of action that identifies the strategic parameters of the educational environment that are necessary for students to access the California Common Core State Standards and demonstrate attainment of the School Board Goals. 

What is Local Control Funding Formula?

The Local Control Funding Formula (LCFF) is the new school funding system identified by the California legislature in Assembly Bill 97 (Chapter 47) that shifts greater control and flexibility to school districts and charter schools for how education funding is allocated to improve student achievement. 

What is the Local Control Accountability Plan? 

The Local Control Accountability Plan (LCAP) is the accountability component of the Local Control Funding Formula (LCFF). The LCAP is a three-year plan that outlines the actions the district or charter school will take to ensure that education funding is spent in a careful, focused manner for the purpose of improving achievement for all students; with specific emphasis on students who are faced with challenges such as poverty, English language acquisition, and/or foster care. 

What does the "accountability" part of LCAP mean?

All school districts and charter schools will be accountable to the California Department of Education to demonstrate annual improvement in eight priority areas: Basic Necessities, Implementation of the Common Core State Standards in English language arts and mathematics, Parental Involvement, Student Achievement, Student Engagement, School Climate, Student Access to Courses, and Other Student Outcomes. Each school district or charter school needs to develop and approve goals that will ensure the eight priorities are a key component of the LCAP plan. Click HERE to access the LCAP Priorities and data to monitor accountability. 

What is the difference between the Blueprint and the LCAP? 

The Blueprint for Educational Excellence and Innovation defines the philosophy, vision, mission, values, and strategic parameters of Vista Unified School District; setting the foundation upon which specific actions, projects, and programs can be developed based on student need.  In other words, the Blueprint defines who we are as a district. The LCAP is a state requirement that outlines specific actions that will take place, using state education funding from the LCFF, to ensure that student achievement improves annually based on eight priority areas for all student subgroups. 

What are the student subgroups?

The state of California requires each school district and charter school to ensure that all students are successful academically and prepared for college and career. In order to ensure that minority student populations receive adequate support to continually improve academically, the California Department of Education requires all school districts and charter schools to report student achievement separated out into subgroups of the overall student population. There are twelve official subgroup populations identified by the state; however, districts need only track student achievement in the subgroups that are numerically significant (typically, 50 students or more who comprise 15% of the total student population). 

Racial/Ethnic Subgroups

  • Black or African American
  • American Indian
  • Asian
  • Filipino
  • Hispanic or Latino
  • Native Hawaiian or Pacific Islander
  • White
  • Two or More Races

Other Subgroups

  • Socioeconomically disadvantaged students
  • English learners
  • Students with disabilities
  • Foster youth 

Who needs to be involved in the development of the LCAP?

School districts must actively engage all stakeholder groups (parents, students, community members, local bargaining units, and staff) in providing feedback on the development of the action items and allocation of resources necessary to support all students to continually improve academically. The involvement of stakeholders can be accomplished through a a variety of methods such as town hall meetings, community forums, on-line surveys, advisory committee updates and feedback sessions, School Board meeting presentations, and website communications. All funding decisions with regard to the LCFF and the district budget need to be aligned to the one or more of the action items identified in the LCAP. Finally, all official district advisory committees have the opportunity to submit feedback. The Superintendent must respond to the feedback from each committee in writing prior to the LCAP being approved by the School Board of Education. Click HERE for more information about the LCAP development process. 

What is the timeline for the development of the Blueprint and the LCAP? 

The development of the Blueprint for Educational Excellence and Innovation began during the 2012-13 school year and is anticipated to be finalized by June 2014. The LCAP development process began in September 2013 and must be approved by the School Board no later than June 30, 2014. Click HERE for a more detailed view of the Blueprint and LCAP development timeline. 

Who should I contact if I have questions about the Local Control Funding Formula (LCFF)? 

Donna Caperton is the Assistant Superintendent of Business Services for the Vista Unified School District. Click HERE to email Donna Caperton. 

Who should I contact if I have questions about the Blueprint for Educational Excellence and Innovation or the LCAP?

Dr. Matthew Doyle is the Executive Director for the Vista Unified School District in charge of the Blueprint and LCAP development process. Click HERE to email Dr. Doyle.