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Project Lead

Matt Doyle, Ed.D.

Executive Director

Vista Unified School District

Communication Plan

Vista Unified is committed to maintaining high levels of communication with parents, students, teachers and staff as the district develops the Blueprint for Educational Excellence and Innovation and the Local Control Accountability Plan (LCAP). In addition to this webpage, the district will continue to provide opportunities for feedback through town hall style meetings, district staff updates, parent advisory committee updates, and Parent Teacher Association (PTA) updates. Please refer to the calendar below to review the various opportunities for parents, community members, and staff to become involved in the development of the Blueprint and the LCAP. The district will also utilize the automated telephone system (Blackboard Connect Ed) to send out periodic updates on the Blueprint and LCAP to all parents and staff. Parents, students, and staff members may also submit feedback or ask questions at any time by using the stakeholder feedback form at the bottom of this webpage. 

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.  

Blueprint and LCAP Stakeholder Feedback Results

Click HERE to view the latest results of the stakeholder feedback on the development of the Blueprint for Educational Excellence and Innovation and the LCAP. 

Local Control Funding Formula (LCFF) Link

Click HERE to access the LCFF webpage to learn more.

One key component of Assembly Bill 97 (Charter 47, Ed. Code 52060) signed into law by Governor Brown in July 1, 2013 is the requirement for all school districts, charter schools, and county offices to develop and adopt a Local Control Accountability Plan (LCAP) by July, 2014 using the LCAP template provided by the California State Board of Education.  Students with technology.jpgThe Local Control Accountability Plan (LCAP) is a component of the Local Control Funding Formula (LCFF).The LCAP is intended to be a three-year plan to improve student achievement by setting annual goals for the district in eight priority areas. Each of the priorities have established data requirements to track district progress improving student achievement. School districts and charter schools will be required to report student achievement for all students and separated out into twelve different student subgroups.

LCAP Priorities

 

  1. Basic Necessities - Qualified and properly assigned teachers, sufficient instructional materials, facilities in good repair
  2. Implementation of the Common Core State Standards
  3. Parental Involvement
  4. Student Achievement - Statewide Assessments, API, EL Reclassification rate, College Preparedness, etc. 
  5. Student Engagement- Attendance rates, dropout rates, graduation rates, etc. 
  6. School Climate - Suspension and expulsion rates, etc.
  7. Access to Courses - All students have access to rigorous course work by properly credentialed teachers
  8. Other Student Outcomes in Subject Areas

For a detailed description of the LCAP priorities and the required data tracking student achievement, please refer to the right side bar on this webpage. 

Purpose

The LCAP is the accountability component of the LCFF (Local Control Funding Formula). The purpose of the LCAP is to shift greater control and influence over goal setting and spending decisions to school personal, parents, and students. Ultimately the LCAP is intended to result in high-quality educational programs that lead to improved academic achievement for all students. All  actions identified in the LCAP must address how the district's goals will meet one or more of the eight LCAP priorities identified above. School districts images.jpgmust actively involve parents, students, and school employees in the development of the LCAP. School districts are to develop a LCAP planning cycle a year before the LCAP is adopted in order to ensure that priorities and actions are identified prior to the budget being adopted. The district budget must be aligned to the priorities and actions identified in the LCAP before it is approved by the County and then the School Board of Education. 

The specific actions and funding allocation identified in the LCAP will be a result of the direction set in the Vista Unified School District Blueprint for Educational Excellence and Innovation. For more information about the Blueprint, please click HERE to visit the webpage. 

Parent Involvement

A center piece in the development of the LCAP is the active involvement of parents. Parents play a key role in supporting their students to achieve at high levels academically and behaviorally. As a result, parents should be engaged as partners in education in both the development of the actions outlined in the LCAP and the subsequent implementation of the LCAP actions. parents and education.jpgTo this end, the Vista Unified School District has completed over ten public meetings starting in October, 2013 to inform parents, community members, students, and staff about the LCAP. During these public meetings, parents, students, and staff provided much feedback on actions to be included in the development of the LCAP. It is important to note that all public meetings that included information related to LCAP were conducted as a component of the development of the district's Blueprint for Educational Excellence and Innovation. As a follow-up to the public meetings held, the district has also posted digital feedback forms on the website to gather on-going feedback. In addition to public meetings and on-line surveys, the district is also scheduling opportunities for the official district advisory committees to learn about the LCAP and provide feedback on its development. These committees include the District Parent Advisory Committee, District English Language Advisory Committee, Community Advisory Committee, and the Del Norte PTA. Please refer to the sidebar on the left of this webpage to view the results of the stakeholder feedback survey or to provide your own feedback. 

Development and Adoption Process

The LCAP development and adoption process includes opportunities for consultation with parents, students, teachers, principals, administrators, staff, and local bargaining units. The School Board receives periodic updates on the progress of the LCAP. Primary Teacher and students.jpgOnce the LCAP actions have been developed, a draft LCAP will be presented to all district committees. Feedback from each committee will be recorded. As per state regulation, all feedback received from each official committee will be responded to by the Superintendent in writing and posted to the website. The School Board will vote on adopting the final version of the LCAP in June, 2014. Once the LCAP is adopted, the LCAP will be sent to the San Diego County Office if Education for final approval. The LCAP will be implemented starting with the 2014-15 school year. 

Please refer to the sidebar on the right side of the webpage to view the Blueprint/LCAP development timeline. 

LCAP Watch Website Features Vista Unified School District

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STATE BOARD OF EDUCATION PASSES LCFF & LCAP PERMANENT REGULATIONS

The California State Board of Education passed the permanent regulations for implementing the Local Control Funding Formula (LCFF) and the Local Control Accountability Plan (LCAP) template on November 14, 2014. Click HERE to read more. 

Click HERE to view the video overview. 

Click HERE to read the State Board of Education Agenda for November 14, 2014

Click Here to read the LCFF Permanent regulations and LCAP template. Español 

 

LCAP Approval Manual Released

The California County Superintendent's Educational Association recently released the 2015-16 LCAP Approval Manual. The manual was developed by Business Administration and Curriculum and Instruction Steering Committees. The development process was supported by staff from the California Department of Education, State Board of Education and FCMAT in reviewing the manual.

This new LCAP Approval Manual will be used by county offices of education to review Local Control Accountability Plans for school districts and provide technical assistance as needed. 

Families In Schools

The Families in Schools project is focused on building partnerships for student success. Their Mission is to involve parents and communities in their children's education to achieve lifelong success. Click HERE to check out their Parent Guide for School Funding. 

LCFF funding is intended to Increase and/or improve services for high needs student populations

The ACLU provides an interpretation for how LCFF funds may be used to identify increased and/or improved services for high needs student populations. Click HERE to read the article. 

Vista Unified Academic Analysis

A key aspect of developing the Blueprint and the Local Control Accountability Plan is to review the current status of student achievement. Vista Unified staff has developed an Environmental Scan that provides detailed information about student academic and behavioral achievement over time. Click HERE to view the Academic Environmental Scan. 

Foster Youth Focus

A key provision of the LCAP development process is the inclusion of goals and specific services to address the unique needs of foster youth. The California Foster youth Education Task Force has developed excellent guidance document to ensure this student subgroup receive attention and support. 

Click HERE to access Foster Youth Provisions: Role for School Districts

Click HERE to access Foster Youth Provisions: Next Steps for School Districts 

California School Boards Association Fact Sheet

The California School Boards Association (CSBA) has developed a great fact sheet outlining the eight state priorities for developing the Local Control Accountability Plan (LCAP). Click HERE to access the CSBA Fact Sheet. 

Family and Community Involvement - Parents Matter Now

Family and community engagement is a key component of the development of an effective LCAP. Click HERE to view a great vision for authentic parent engagement.  

California Parent Teacher Association (PTA)

The California Parent Teacher Association (PTA) has published a great resource outlining the LCAP. Click to access this great resource in English or Spanish. 

Parents Are Partners In Education

Click HERE to read an excellent article about the benefits of developing a Parent University to assist parents as they take an active role in the education of their students. 

LCAP Development Process

Please click HERE to view a visual of the LCAP development process. 

Blueprint/LCAP Development Timeline

Please click HERE to access the Blueprint/LCAP development timeline. 

Legislative Analyst's Office Update - December 2013

The Legislative Analyst is a nonpartisan office that provides fiscal and policy information and advice to the Legislature. Click HERE to access a detailed analysis of the Local Control Funding Formula and the Local Control Accountability Plan published by the Legislative Analyst's Office. 

LCAp Priorities and Required Data to Monitor Achievement

Please click HERE to access the LCAP priorities and the data that the state legislation has required of each school district and charter school to determine if the  LCAP is serving to improve achievement for all students. 

Student Subgroups Identified in LCAP

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