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Local Control and Accountability Plan (LCAP)

The LCAP is a tool for local educational agencies to set goals, plan actions, and leverage resources to meet those goals to improve student outcomes. This page provides resources to support the planning, implementation and evaluation of an LCAP.

Use the following link to access the Local Control Funding Formula (LCFF) web page related to the fiscal information for LCFF.

Use the following link to access the Tuesdays @ 2 Webinar Series web page. This web page includes links to webinars that provide training to support LEAs in the LCAP annual update and development process.

Use the following link to access the Crosswalk of LCFF and Title I, Part A Planning Requirements for the 2022–23 School Year web pages.

LCAP Overview | State Board Adopted Templates | Electronic Template | LCFF State Priorities | Other Planning Templates | Frequently Asked Questions | Resources | Regulations | County Office of Education, School District & Charter School LCAPs | LCFF and Uniform Complaint Procedures | Email Updates | Contact Information

LCAP Overview

The LCAP is a three-year plan that describes the goals, actions, services, and expenditures to support positive student outcomes that address state and local priorities. The LCAP provides an opportunity for LEAs (county office of education [COE], school districts and charter schools) to share their stories of how, what, and why programs and services are selected to meet their local needs.

The components of the LCAP for the 2023–2024 LCAP year must be posted as one document assembled in the following order:

  • LCFF Budget Overview for Parents
  • Plan Summary
  • Engaging Educational Partners
  • Goals and Actions
  • Increased or Improved Services for Foster Youth, English Learners, and Low-income students
  • Action Tables
  • Instructions

State Board Adopted Templates

Below are the current templates adopted by the California State Board of Education (SBE). LEAs are required to adhere to these templates and their instructions when completing the LCAP.

Note: While the Excel version of the LCAP Action Table spreadsheet does not meet all accessibility requirements, the Word/Excel version of the LCAP is available as a tool to interested LEAs.

Prior versions of the SBE-adopted LCAP template and instructions are available on the LCFF Template Archive web page. These prior versions of the SBE-adopted LCAP template and instructions are provided for historical reference.

Electronic Template

The electronic template (eTemplate) is an online system designed to support LEAs in the development of their LCAPs. The eTemplate system meets accessibility requirements. LEAs are encouraged to utilize the eTemplate system to reduce duplication of effort in developing and annually updating the LCAP.

LCFF State Priorities

LEAs are required to address applicable LCFF state priorities, as well as any local priorities identified by the LEA, in the LCAP.

The LCFF State Priorities Summary (DOCX) provides a summary of the LCFF state priorities described in California Education Code (EC) Section 52060(d) for school districts and charter schools, as applicable, and EC Section 52066(d) for COEs, to aid in the development of the LCAP.

Other Planning Templates

Additional state planning templates include the LCAP Federal Addendum and the School Plan for Student Achievement (SPSA). The templates are aligned to meet federal requirements in the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA).

Within California, LEAs that apply for ESSA funds are required to complete the LCAP, the LCAP Federal Addendum Template (Addendum), and the Consolidated Application (ConApp). The LCAP, in conjunction with the Addendum and the ConApp, serve to meet the ESSA LEA Plan requirement.

EC 64001 and the ESSA require schools that receive federal funds through the ConApp to consolidate all school planning requirements into the SPSA. In order to realign the SPSA to ESSA and the LCAP, the CDE is providing an updated SPSA template. The SPSA template assists LEAs and schools in meeting the content requirements for consolidating all school plans.

  • SPSA Template (DOCX) Posted January 27, 2020
  • SPSA Guidance: PLanning for the LCAP and School Plan
  • SPSA Webinar Presentation Slides

Frequently Asked Questions

More frequently asked questions will be added as they become available.

Resources

Planning for the LCAP and School Plan

  • Parent advisory committee - as used in EC sections 52063 and 52069, shall be composed of a majority of parents, as defined in subdivision (e), of pupils and include parents of pupils to whom one or more of the definitions in EC Section 42238.01 apply. A governing board of a school district or a county superintendent of schools shall not be required to establish a new parent advisory committee if a previously established committee meets these requirements, including any committee established to meet the requirements of the federal No Child Left Behind Act of 2001 (Public Law 107-110) pursuant to Section 1112 of Subpart 1 of Part A of Title I of that act.
  • English learner parent advisory committee - as used in EC sections 52063 and 52069 for those school districts or schools and programs operated by county superintendents of schools whose enrollment includes at least 15 percent English learners and at least 50 pupils who are English learners, shall be composed of a majority of parents, as defined in subdivision (e), of pupils to whom the definition in EC Section 42238.01(c) applies. A governing board of a school district or a county superintendent of schools shall not be required to establish a new English learner parent advisory committee if a previously established committee meets these requirements.
  • Consult with pupils - as used in EC sections 52060, 52066, and 47606.5, means a process to enable pupils, including unduplicated pupils and other numerically significant pupil subgroups, to review and comment on the development of the LCAP. This process may include surveys of pupils, forums with pupils, pupil advisory committees, or meetings with pupil government bodies or other groups representing pupils.

For more information about best practices for stakeholder engagement, see the CDE's Family Engagement Toolkit (PDF).

The LCFF Priorities/Whole Child Resource Map provides LCFF priorities and whole child resources and supports to help local educational agencies, schools, and families serve the needs of California's diverse student population.

The State Priority Related Resources page provides links to resources for developing and implementing state priorities in the LCAP.

The Local Control Funding Formula (LCFF) Reports page provides access to search for the latest available LCFF funding and accountability data for individual schools, school districts, and county offices of education.

The Quality Schooling Framework (QSF) is the California educator’s destination for timely tools and practices to guide effective planning, policy, expenditure, and instructional decisions at all schools and districts.

The CDE conducted a formative analysis (study) (DOCX) of Priority 3 (Parental Involvement and Family Engagement) Local Indicator Data reported by LEAs in the 2019 Dashboard. The CDE developed the study’s design with technical assistance from the Region 15 Comprehensive Center at WestEd (R15 CC) and the Regional Educational Laboratory (REL) West at WestEd.

Regulations

County Office of Education, School District, & Charter School LCAPs

California Education Code, Section 52065 External link opens in new window or tab. requires that the Superintendent post links to all LCAPs approved by the governing boards of school districts, county boards of education, and the governing bodies of charter schools, on the internet website of the Department.

2022-23 County Office of Education & School District LCAPs

2022-23 Charter School LCAPs

LCFF and Uniform Complaint Procedures (UCP)

The LCFF and UCP Letter provides information about the LCFF and Uniform Complaint Procedures.

Email Updates

If you would like to receive updates regarding the LCFF via e-mail notification, subscribe to the LCFF listserv by sending a "blank" message to join-LCFF-list@mlist.cde.ca.gov. (To unsubscribe, send a "blank" message to unsubscribe-LCFF-list@mlist.cde.ca.gov.)

Contact Information

For questions related to the LCAP, contact the Local Agency Systems Support Office at LCFF@cde.ca.gov.

For questions related to LCFF apportionments, contact the Principal Apportionment Section at PASE@cde.ca.gov.

For questions related to the California Accountability Model and School Dashboard, contact the Accountability Development & Policy Analysis Office at DASHBOARD@cde.ca.gov.

Questions: Local Agency Systems Support Office | LCFF@cde.ca.gov | 916-323-5233 
Last Reviewed: Thursday, January 12, 2023
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