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Release: #16-20
March 9, 2016
Contact: Robert Oakes
E-mail: communications@cde.ca.gov
Phone: 916-319-0818

State Schools Chief Tom Torlakson Announces Online Survey to
Improve Local Control and Accountability Plans

SACRAMENTO - State Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom Torlakson today announced a new online survey to improve local educational agencies' three-year plans to improve student achievement.

Known as Local Control and Accountability Plans (LCAPs), these are key tools for establishing goals to improve student outcomes and to align spending decisions with those goals.

The survey will let anyone who is interested – students, parents, educators, community members and others – help make the plans easier to use, understand, and review.

The survey will be open until 5 p.m. March 25, Torlakson announced at the State Board of Education's (SBE) March meeting. The SBE will be considering input from stakeholders about how to improve the LCAP template this fall.

"The LCAPs should allow everyone to find out how well their local school district is doing," Torlakson said. "The system is new and still evolving. Please use the survey and we can work together to make the system better."

The Legislature and Governor Jerry Brown three years ago created a new school funding system called the Local Control Funding Formula (LCFF), which shifts decision making to local educational agencies and provides greater resources for programs and services for students with the greatest needs. The previous finance system was nearly 40 years old.

The new legislation also laid out the framework for LCAPs. State law requires school districts to involve teachers, parents, and community members in developing their LCAPs.

The survey is available at the LCAP Survey Web site [http://cdefoundation.org/lcap-survey/] External link opens in new window or tab..

The information from the survey will help guide the redesign of the next generation LCAP template

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Tom Torlakson — State Superintendent of Public Instruction
Communications Division, Room 5206, 916-319-0818, Fax 916-319-0100

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