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Blueprint 2014-15 Archive

Vista Unified has completed the development process for the Blueprint and Local Control Accountability Plan (LCAP) for the 2015-16 school year. Please click on the Blueprint and LCAP icons below to view. There will be an LCAP Public Meeting held on Thursday, June 11, 2015 at 7:30 p.m. at the Morris Vance Community Room located at 200 Civic Center Drive Vista, CA 29084. This public meeting will be the final opportunity for members of the public to comment on the development of the Local Control Accountability Plan. The Blueprint and LCAP will be considered for final approval at the June 18, 2015 School Board meeting. 


Please click HERE to view the official feedback from DPAC and DELAC on the development of the Blueprint and LCAP for the 2015-16 school year. This document also contains the Superintendent's official response to the feedback. Español

Blueprint Video Library

Please click on the brief videos below to learn about each of the Blueprint strategies and hear from the real people who make Vista Unified the model of innovation and excellence.  


           Strategy 1                          Strategy 2



           Strategy 3                        Strategy 4



          Strategy 5                         Strategy 8 


The Blueprint House of Learning

The House of Learning is the foundation of the Blueprint for Educational Excellence and Innovation. This graphic illustrates how each of the eight strategies work together to build a house of learning that will inspire every student to persevere as a critical thinker to solve real world problems.  


              Blueprint Final                                          LCAP Final 








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Blueprint Quick Reference Guide


Click on the Blueprint brochure above to see an example of a service learning project Vista students created and published in partnership with TVK Designs, a business in the community. Para español haga clic aquí.


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Blueprint Comprehensive Guide

Click on the new Blueprint for Educational Excellence and Innovation Comprehensive Guide above for more detailed information. 


Continuous Improvement

The Vista Unified School District is committed to continuous improvement in every aspect of the organization from promoting high levels of students achievement, to maintaining safe and secure facilities, to promoting active partnerships with local businesses, to securing access to university admission for all high school graduates.

Continuous improvement requires on-going strategic planning. The Vista Unified School Improvement.jpgDistrict completed a year long process of developing a Blueprint for Educational Excellence and Innovation intended to ensure that students at all grade levels have access to, and are actively engaged in, a learning path that will lead to a seamless transition into successful college and career opportunities. The development of the Blueprint started in September 2013 that included parents, community members, teachers, staff, and students. All district plans, systems, policies, and procedures are being aligned to the strategies outlined in the Blueprint.


The Vista Unified Framework for the Future establishes the anchor points that serve as the foundation for teaching and learning, and other support systems within the school district. The first anchor point is setting a clear vision for the future, providing a sense of direction of where we want to go and what we want to become as school district. The second anchor point is the establishment of a mission that serves to define the overall purpose of the district, outlining specific language of why we exist. The third anchor point is the commitment to a set of values that all members of the school district (parents, students, teachers, and staff) will follow in order to ensure that all learning environments support the positive academic and behavioral growth of all students. The fourth anchor point is establishing a set of beliefs that convert the values to convictions, describing the character of the district as a living organization.  The fifth anchor point is establishing strategic parameters that will keep the district focused and efficient, serving as the formula that will lead the district to actualize the vision of becoming The Model for Educational Excellence and Innovation.

Framework for the Future


Our vision in Vista Unified is to be the model of educational excellence and innovation. 



The purpose of Vista Unified School District is to inspire every student to persevere as a critical thinker who collaborates to solve real world problems. 



  • RESPECT: treating all with dignity
  • TRUST: having confidence that every decision focuses on the best interests of all students
  • COLLABORATION: working in a collective partnership with clear two-way dialogue that builds relationships among home, school and the community




We believe that…

  • All students have a unique capacity to learn. 
  • ​Risk taking, effort and perseverance lead to excellence and innovation. 
  • ​Individuals learn and work best in a safe, nurturing environment. 
Strategic Parameters 


We will always…


  • Promote servant leadership qualities in our students, staff, and administration.
  • Provide all stakeholders access to transparent information to promote two-way dialogue.
  • Include family and community members as partners in education.


We will never…

  • Give up on a student.
  • Stop learning and improving. 
  • Tolerate disrespectful attitudes or treatment towards others. 

District Goal Setting

In order for the district to make progress toward the vision, and fully implement the mission, Superintendent Vodicka worked with the School Board Members to set overarching goals that encompass all programs and support systems for students including achievement, language acquisition, service learning, and school attendance, and climate. These goals are closely aligned to the California State Board of Education priorities for the development of the Local Control Accountability Plan (LCAP). While all of the goals are important, They were developed in tiers of priority. The highest priority is to ensure that all students have proficiency in English language arts, mathematics, and English language development (Goals 1 and 2). The next level of priorities focus on improving graduation rates with students actively engaged in A-G completion and service learning projects (Goal 3). The final level of priority includes a variety of goals that will promote a robust set of experiences in Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, and Mathematics (STEAM), as well as, improved learning environments that engage students as stewards of they own learning. Each goal has a specific metric (or metrics) identified to continuously monitor progress toward achieving the goal over time (Goals 4-9).  

Vista Unified School Board Goals - Revised

Goal 1: We want our students to demonstrate high levels of literacy in English (reading, writing, and listening & speaking)

Metric A: ELA Proficiency Rate

Metric B: Reclassification Rate at Five Years


Goal 2: We want our students to have expertise in mathematics. 

Metric: Math Proficiency Rate


Goal 3: Our Students will graduate from high school ready for college and career. 

Metric A: Graduation Rate

Metric B: A-G Completion Rate

Metric C: Advanced Placement Completion Rate


Goal 4: Experience with service learning will help students to solve real world problems. 

Metric: Service Learning Participation Rate 


Goal 5: Our students and staff will model our values or respect, trust, and collaboration.  

​Metric: Survey Results


Goal 6: Our learning materials, teacher assignments, and facilities will promote excellence.  

Metric: Williams Compliance Report


Goal 7: More students will be proficient in aspects of "STEAM" (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, Mathematics )

Metric A: Science Proficiency Rate

Metric B: Technology Proficiency Rate

Metric C: Engineering Proficiency Rate

Metric D: Visual and Performing Arts Participation Rate


Goal 8: Our students will attend school more often and improve in their behavior.  

Metric A: Attendance Rate

Metric B: Suspension Rate

Metric C: Expulsion Rate


​Goal 9: Our reputation for excellence and innovation will attract and retain students. 

Metric: Interdistrict Transfer 

Strategic Planning

With a clear vision for the future, a purposeful Graduation-Pic-3-4.jpgmission as an organization, values that promote a positive, student centered environments, and goals for what we expect students to achieve, the district consolidated ideas and feedback from students, parents, teachers and staff into the Blueprint for Educational Excellence and Innovation. The word blueprint is defined as  "a detailed plan or program of action"  (Miriam Webster, 2012).


The Vista Unified School District's Blueprint for Education Excellence and Innovation was designed to provide a plan of action for how the daily educational environment will support students to access the California Common Core State Standards and demonstrate attainment of the School Board Goals. Ultimately, greater levels of student access to the standards and engagement in meaningful, personalized learning environments will lead the district towards realizing the vision of becoming the model of educational excellence and innovation. This planning process led to the strategic parameters that define what the organization will do in a specific, methodical, and consistent way to promote high quality teaching and learning. In other words, the strategic planning process focused on identifying the key actions, tasks, and projects necessary to realize the Vision, Mission, Values, and Goals.  The development of the Blueprint actively engaged all stakeholders (students, parents, teachers, and staff) in a series of community forums have been held to inform and gather input about how to ensure that Vista Unified becomes the model for educational excellence and innovation. All of the feedback gathered from more than 50 community forums, as well as feedback gathered from on-line surveys, was utilized during the strategic planning process.


The strategic planning process was labor intensive because it required the careful review and alignment of a variety of current district plans such as the Local Education Agency Plan, the School Safety Plans, the Technology Plan, the Special Education Strategic Plan, the Master Plan for English Learners, and others. The process also carefully identified who would be involved in each task and/or project, what structure would need to be in place to ensure success, how each task and/or project would be monitored, what risks were involved, and what timelines would need to be established to keep track of progress. 


A parallel project that was developed along side the Blueprint was the Local Control Accountability Plan (LCAP). The LCAP is a component of the Local Control Funding Formula (LCFF). Each school district and charter school is required to develop an LCAP to identify goals and actions the district will take to ensure that students have access to the California Common Core State Standards and demonstrate high levels of achievement on a variety of state and local assessments. The information for developing the LCAP was taken directly from the Blueprint for Educational Excellence and Innovation. Please visit the Local Control Funding Formula and the Local Control Accountability Plan webpages for more information.  

Project Lead

Matt Doyle, Ed.D.

Executive Director of Innovation 

Vista Unified School District  


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Blueprint and LCAP Community Forums

Click HERE to view the overall themes based on feedback from over 40 different community and staff forums and meetings during the 2014-15 school year. Español

The Blueprint and Local Control Accountability Plan (LCAP) will go through an annual process of monitoring and revision. Click HERE to view the Blueprint Revision Timeline. This annual refinement process begins in September 2014 and ends with an updated Blueprint and LCAP in June 2015. During this time period, all stakeholder groups will be actively involved in two-way dialogue about revising the district goals, strategies and action plans based on student achievement.  The monitoring and revision process will be accomplished using the Blueprint Construction Network. The revision of the Blueprint and LCAP will be aligned to the newly approved permanent state regulations (espanol) for the Local Control Funding Formula and the final Local Control Accountability Plan template. 

To review the current results of feedback, click on the groups below. Feedback from each group closed at the end of March 2015. The final edits to the Blueprint and LCAP will be made between April 3 and 30, 2015. Final feedback on the draft Blueprint and LCAP will be made during the month of May 2015. 

Students, parents, and community members will be able to provide feedback on making revisions to the Blueprint and LCAP for the 2015-16 school year at the Blueprint/LCAP Community Forums starting in December 2014 and ending in March 2015. 

Blueprint/LCAP Community Forums (Click HERE for flyer,  Español)
Time: 5:30-7:00 p.m. 
Location: Morris B. Vance Community Center 200 Civic Center Drive Vista, CA 92084

December 16, 2015

Jan. 20, 2015

Jan. 27, 2015  ​

Feb 18, 2015

March 17, 2015

March 31, 2015


Specific District Advisory Committee Forums 

DPAC Monitoring and Feedback

DELAC Monitoring and Feedback

Vista Teacher's Association Feedback 

California School Employee's Association Feedback

What is Your Feedback?

The feedback window for revising the Blueprint and LCAP has closed. The draft Blueprint and LCAP will be posted to the website for public review and comment on May 1, 2015. 


Personalized Learning Road Show

Vista students and teachers lead the way on the Personalized Learning Road Show, The goal of the Personalized Learning Road Show is to increase understanding of what personalized learning is and how the district intends to shift to a more personalized instructional environment over the next few years.  

The vision of Vista Unified School District is to be THE Model of Educational Excellence and Innovation. In order to realize our vision, teacher leaders have embarked on an ambitious partnership with PARC, a Xerox company, and Qualcomm to re-imagine the learning experience for all students.  Our ambitious goal is to transform education into a personalized learning path that flexibly adapts to the strengths, interests and values of each student. We call this project our moonshot because it will require everyone in the organization (students, parents, teachers and support staff) to completely shift their mindset from a traditional one-size-fits-all style of learning to a dynamic, personalized approach that places students in the driver's seat as stewards of their own learning. Teachers, support staff and parents take on a new role as facilitators of the educational process, promoting flexible learning environments that extend beyond the four walls of a traditional classroom.  



Student Video Definition



Personalized Learning Pathway System



The Future of Personalized Learning in Vista Unified 


Personalized Learning Structure 


Partnerships For the Future 


Related Resources & Inspiration


A New Design for Education 


Super Heroes and Personalized Learning 


Bridging Our Future 


Competency-Based Pathways 




Changing Education Paradigm 



Building a Strengths-Based Culture 



Family Engagement Network

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An important component of the Blueprint for Educational Excellence and Innovation is to develop a Family Engagement Network that will offer a variety of workshops, resources and activities designed to assist parents and family members play an active role in their students' education. Vista staff have spent the first few months of the 2014-15 school year gathering feedback from parents and family members about the different aspects of the network. As a result of this feedback, the district is starting to put into place the following components that will make up the Family Engagement Network.


Recent Additions to the Family Engagement Network


Parent tab on the Vista website: click HERE to view

Family Friendly Website: 


Topics for Family Engagement Workshops     Español


New Components of the Family Engagement Network


School Volunteer Informational Brochure 


Family Engagement Workshop Catalogue 


Family Engagement Workshops

LCFF Budget Advisory Committee

The purpose of the LCFF Budget Advisory Committee is to advise the Superintendent on it's recommendations for the alignment of the Local Control Funding Formula (LCFF) to the Local Control Accountability Plan (LCAP). Click HERE to view specific information about the membership, meeting agendas and recommendations. 

Vista Unified Is A Partner of LCAP Watch

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Community Conversations

Vista Unified has recently partnered with the United Way of San Diego to implement a series of Community Conversations with parents and community members. This partnership is a component of Strategy 1 of the Blueprint aimed at expanding and improving Family and Community Engagement. 
The United Way's CJ Robinson has developed a Community Conversation process that utilizes a "Kitchen Table" style format to gather authentic feedback about where the community should be heading as it relates to education. During the six Community Conversation sessions held in September and October 2014, Ms. Robinson lead parents and community members through a one-hour process that included opportunities to share aspirations and a desire for meaningful change. The district level Community Conversation sessions were a huge success. The following themes were identified during this process:
Community Conversation Themes      Español
  • Teachers/Mentors
    • Inspirational / Motivating
    • Spoke at their level / spoke to them
    • Made them feel safe
    • Challenged their self-imposed limitations and raised their consciousness
    • Taught social norms – listen and behave
  • Community Aspirations
    • Same goal and same harmonious relationship
    • United, respect, support
    • Two-way Communication
    • Merit system (reward those who work hard)
    • Safety (after school programs)
    • More Community Centers (physical activities)
    • Guidance on how to predict consequences (juvenile detention prevention)
    • No families on the streets, no vandalism 
  • Education​
    • Teaching values – learning at home
    • Focus on character education and social growth of students  - paying specific attention to reducing bullying 
    • Ensure there is adequate support staff to address the emotional aspects of learning 
    • Provide opportunities for student to learn about different career paths - not just 4 -year university goal 
    • Parent volunteer to teach classes / greater parent involvement
    • Workshops on Common Core (what it practically looks like)
    • Matching education received with a job, more career days
    • Want our children to go to college, be good people
    • We all want the best for our children
    • Get into a good profession
    • Need more love of learning in the classroom
    • More hands-on experiences for students
    • Increase the use of technology – equally distributed with adequate IT support for glitches
    • Academic support activities for struggling learners 
    • Rekindle the neighborhood school feel – too much security pushes parents away
  • Communication and Barriers​
    • Multiple forms of communication (e-mail, phone, written, social media, Peach Jar, newsletter, bulletin boards)
    • Build an open relationship with the teachers
    • Language sensitivity
    • Balance safety with inclusion
    • Avoid overlap
    • Paper-based is better than Peach Jar
  • District-Wide Improvements ​
    • Reduce control
    • Need more TK classrooms and support
    • Need better playground equipment
    • Teachers need more professional development
    • Special education is improving with new program model
    • Need to reach out to the Hispanic community and involve them more
    • Teachers need to have more patience with students
    • Students need smaller class sizes
    • Need more IT support with new technology 
    • Students need more activities going on in school  
Click HERE to view the entire set of ideas and feedback shared during the Community Conversations. 
Click below to view more specific ideas and feedback gathered during Community Conversations
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Vista Unified Community Conversation Session in October 2014 

Blueprint Brief

The Blueprint Brief is a newsletter that provides updates on the status of the Blueprint implementation. Click on the version below to follow the progress over time. 

Blueprint Brief - November/December 2014

Blueprint Brief - September/October 2014

Blueprint Construction Network

The Blueprint Construction Network is a group of student, parent, teacher, and staff representatives who will monitor the implementation of the Blueprint and Local Control Accountability Plan (LCAP). The representatives will collaborate to make recommendations for revisions to the strategies and action plans based on student achievement and feedback from various community forums. This network of representatives will meet eight times between September and May. The outcome of the Blueprint Construction Network meetings will be to present a revised Blueprint and LCAP to the School Board in June 2015. 


The School Board, in keeping with state regulations, will hold a public meeting to review the revisions to the Blueprint and LCAP, and gather feedback from the public. The School Board will hold a separate meeting to formally approved the Blueprint and LCAP no later than June 30, 2015. 


Each Blueprint Construction Network Meeting will be posted to this webpage to ensure a transparent revision process. 


Blueprint Construction Network Meeting Summary

Blueprint Monitoring and Revision Timeline 

California State Board Of Education Summary 

Permanent Regulations for LCFF and LCAP     Español


Meeting 1 - September 8, 2014 - Talking Points     Español


Meeting 2 - October 14, 2014 - Talking Points     Español


Meeting 3 - November 3, 2014 - Talking Points     Español


Meeting 4 - January 13, 2015 - Talking Points   Español


Meeting 5 - February 17, 2015 - Talking Points    Español 

Meeting 6 - March 3, 2015 - Talking Points    Español 

Meeting 7 - March 10, 2015  - Talking Points    Español 

Meeting 8 - April 28, 2015   - Talking Points     Español 

Personalized Learning Focus Group

Strategy 8 of the Blueprint for Educational Excellence and Innovation focuses on the development of a personalized learning path for all students. To accomplish this task, we have formed a Personalized Learning Focus Group. This group will be composed of students, parents, teachers, and administrators. The purpose of this  group will be to research and design recommendations that will lead to the development of a district wide system for providing students a personalized learning path at all grade spans elementary, middle, and high.


The progress of the Personalized Learning Focus Group will be archived below.



Focus Group Collaboration Dates and Archives 


​Session 1 - September 29, 2014 - Talking Points    Español


Session 2 - October 13, 2014 - Talking Points   Español

Session 3 - October 30, 2014 - Talking Points    Español

Session 4 - November 13, 2014 Talking Points   Español

Session 5 - December 9, 2014  Talking Points Español

Session 6 - January 15, 2015   Talking Points   Español

Session 7, February 24, 2015   Talking Points   Español  

High School Transformation Task Force

Strategy 8 of the Blueprint addresses the need to redefine teaching and learning systems to become more personalized and engaging for students. The High School Transformation Task Force has been formed to research, build awareness, and redesign the learning environment at the high school level so that students are engaged in learning environments that promote the development of critical thinking and collaboration skills needed to solve real world problems. 

Representatives on the task force will include students, parents, teachers, counselors, community members, and college and university leaders. 

High School Transformation Task Force Meeting Schedule

Location: Library Service Center, 4680 North Ave, Oceanside, CA 92056

Time: 4:00-6:00 p.m. 

Dates: Wednesday


September 24, 2014

October 22, 2014

November 5, 2014

December 3, 2014

January 7, 2015

January 28, 2015

February 4, 2015

February 25, 2015

April 1, 2015

April 22, 2015

  • This meeting has been cancelled.

May 6, 2015


May 20, 2015






School Board Updates on Blueprint Implementation Process

Please refer to the links below to review the monthly Blueprint Updates presented to the School Board members. 


Please refer to the links below to review the monthly Blueprint Updates presented to the School Board members.  


Click HERE to view the June 11, 2015 LCAP Public Meeting Presentation. Español 

Click HERE to view the May 21, 2015 School Board update on the Blueprint Implementation. Español 

Click HERE to view the April 16, 2015 School Board update on the Blueprint Implementation.   Español 

Click HERE to view the March 12, 2015 School Board update on the Blueprint Implementation.   Español 

Click HERE to view the March 6, 2015 Blueprint Mid-Year Status Report. 

Click HERE to view the February 26, 2015 School Board update on the Blueprint implementation.   Español 

Click HERE to view the January 22, 2015 School Board update on the Blueprint Implementation.      Español 

Click HERE to view the December 11, 2014 School Board update on the Blueprint implementation.  Español 

Click HERE to view the November 20, 2014 School Board update on the Blueprint implementation. 

Click HERE to view the October 9, 2014 School Board update on the Blueprint implementation. Español

Click HERE to view the September 11, 2014 School Board update on the Blueprint implementation. Español

Click HERE to view the August 21, 2014 School Board update on the Blueprint implementation.  Español

Click HERE to view the July 24, 2014 School Board update on the Blueprint implementation.  Español



Service Learning

Service Learning is defined by the National Service Learning Clearinghouse as “a teaching and learning strategy that integrates meaningful community service with instruction and reflection to enrich the learning experience, teach civic responsibility, and strengthen communities.”


Service learning projects in Vista Unified are intended to challenge students to embrace the district's mission to persevere as a critical thinker who collaborates to solve real world problems.  


Service learning focuses on building partnerships with businesses and organizations for the purpose of identifying and solving a problems within our community. For more Information, click HERE to view the Service Learning Brochure. 


Student engagement in service learning projects is about student-centered inquiry using the IPARD Framework:    

  • Investigation
  • Planning and Preparation
  • Action
  • Reflection
  • Demonstration


All projects are aligned to the K-12 Service Learning Standards for Quality Practice:


Meaningful Service 
Service-learning actively engages participants in meaningful and personally relevant service activities.
Link to Curriculum 
Service-learning is intentionally used as an instructional strategy to meet learning goals and/or content standards.
Service-learning incorporates multiple challenging reflection activities that are ongoing and that prompt deep thinking and analysis about oneself and one’s relationship to society.
Service-learning promotes understanding of diversity and mutual respect among all participants.
Youth Voice 
Service-learning provides youth with a strong voice in planning, implementing, and evaluating service-learning experiences with guidance from adults.
Service-learning partnerships are collaborative, mutually beneficial, and address community needs.
Progress Monitoring 
Service-learning engages participants in an ongoing process to assess the quality of implementation and progress toward meeting specified goals, and uses results for improvement and sustainability.
Duration and Intensity 
Service-learning has sufficient duration and intensity to address community needs and meet specified outcomes.

The National Youth Leadership Council (NYLC) has created a robust website dedicated to supporting school districts develop and implement a high quality service learning program for students and and the community. Click HERE to visit the interactive webpage called Lift - Raising the Bar for Service Learning


Service Learning Teacher Resources

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Vista LCAP Approved by County Office of Education

The Vista Unified Local Control Accountability Plan (LCAP) was approved by the San Diego County Office of Education on August 8, 2014. Click HERE to read the approval letter. The approval included a few non-material revisions that did not change the purpose or intent if the LCAP.  In an effort to remain as open and transparent as possible with regard to the development and implementation of the LCAP, all four revisions have been highlighted in yellow in the LCAP that is posted to the district website. The four revisions include:


  1. Addition of a metric for Advanced Placement Pass Rate under School Board Goal 3 (page 11 of the LCAP).
  2. Addition of a metric for student dropout rate under School Board Goal 8 (page 17 of the LCAP).
  3. Inclusion of State Priority #8 Other Pupil Outcomes in Strategy 4, 5, and 6 of Blueprint (pages 28, 31, 33, 36).
  4. Removal of "Redisignated Fluent English Proficient" words from the English learners section (page 39).


Blueprint Fast Facts

The Blueprint and Local Control Accountability Plan (LCAP) development process involved many people and numerous documents. Please find below a series of "Fast Facts" documents that summarize the key aspects of the process. 


Blueprint Fast Facts   (español)


Blueprint Big Picture    (español)


Community Forum Fast Facts 


Student Achievement Fast Facts


Local Control Funding Fast Facts


Blueprint Goals and Metrics


Glossary of Terms 

Blueprint Versions

The Blueprint for Educational Excellence and Innovation is published in four versions to provide increasing detail for students, parents teachers, and staff. It is important to note that the information is exactly the same in each version, just reported with increasingly more detail. Click on the versions below to learn more:


Blueprint Short Version - a brief overview that includes the Framework for the Future, Strategies, and the Action Plans under each Strategy


Blueprint Long Version - an expanded version that includes the Action Steps identified under each Action Plan 


Blueprint - LCAP Version - the same Blueprint information formatted using the California Department of Education required template  (School Board approved on 6.26.14 and SDCOE approved 8.8.14)


Blueprint Financial Version - the most comprehensive version of the Blueprint that includes funding allocated to Action Steps  

LCAP Watch Website Published

The Education Trust- West organization has developed a robust website called LCAP Watch to monitor the Local Control Accountability Plans for all school districts in California. Click HERE to view the Vista Unified LCAP that is published on this website. 

Local Control Accountability Plan Approval Process

The California State Board of Education approved the permanent Local Control Funding Formula (LCFF) regulations and the Local Control Accountability Plan template on November 14, 2014. 

Click HERE to view the English version. Español 

The California County Superintendents Educational Service Association (CCSESA) has developed a procedural manual for the review and approval of each district Local Control Accountability Plan (LCAP). Along with the procedural manual, CCSESA has also published an LCAP/Budget Approval Nexus flowchart that outlines the approval process. The approval process includes a careful examination of three criteria

The Three Criteria for Approval:

1. Adherence to SBE Template

2. Sufficient Expenditures in Budget to Implement LCAP

3. Adherence to SBE Expenditure Regulations

School Board Goals Aligned to LCAP Priorities

The Vista Unified School Board Goals have been recently updated. Click HERE to view the alignment of the School Board Goals to the LCAP priorities. 

 En español, por favor haga clic AQUÍ .

Blueprint Tweets

Communication Plan

Vista Unified is committed to maintaining high levels of communication with parents, students, teachers and staff as the district implements and revises 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 posted on the upper right side of this webpage. 

Blueprint Alignment to State LCAP Priorities

Click HERE to see how the Vista Unified School Board Goals align to the Local Control Accountability Plan priorities. 

Frequently Asked Questions for Blueprint and LCAP

What is the Blueprint for Educational Excellence and Innovation?

The Blueprint is a plan of action that defines key aspects 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.  On other words, the Blueprint for Educational Excellence and Innovation serves as the district's strategic plan for building learning environments and partnerships that culminate in students' preparation for success in college and career. 

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 vision, mission, values, Goals, and Strategic Parameters of Vista Unified School District; setting the foundation upon which specific actions, projects, and programs can be developed based on student needs.  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.  

2015-16 Official Blueprint and LCAP Drafts and Feedback

Official DELAC and DPAC Feedback and Response by the Superintendent

A major component of the development of the Local Control Accountability Plan (LCAP) is to conduct a formal meeting with the District Parent Advisory Committee (DPAC) and the District English Language Advisory Committee (DELAC). During these meetings, parent and community representatives reviewed the draft version of the LCAP and provided written feedback to the Superintendent. The Superintendent reviewed the feedback provided by DPAC and DELAC and posted a written response on the district website. This feedback will be used to make the final revisions to the LCAP for the 2015-16 school year.

Local Control Funding Formula (LCFF)

Click HERE to access the LCFF webpage to learn more. 

Local Control Accountability Plan (LCAP)

Click HERE to access the LCAP webpage to learn more. 

Blueprint Website Archive 2013/14

Click HERE to access the 2013-14 Blueprint website archive.