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2020-21 LCFF & Title I, Part A Planning Documents

Information and guidance regarding required LCFF and Title I, Part A planning documents for the 2020-21 school year.

Crosswalk of LCFF and Title I, Part A Planning Requirements for the 2020–21 School Year

2020–21 Planning Documents Purpose Due Date
Learning Continuity and Attendance Plan (Learning Continuity Plan)

The Learning Continuity Plan replaces the Local Control and Accountability Plan (LCAP) for the 2020–21 school year and supersedes the requirements in paragraph 2 of Executive Order N-56-20 External link opens in new window or tab. (PDF).

All local educational agencies (LEAs), which include school districts, county offices of education (COEs), and charter schools, are required to complete the Learning Continuity Plan.

Adopted on or before September 30, 2020
Local Control Funding Formula Budget Overview for Parents (Budget Overview for Parents)

California Education Code (EC) Section 52064.1 requires all LEAs, which include school districts, COEs, and charter schools, to develop the LCFF Budget Overview for Parents in conjunction with the LCAP by July 1 of each year.

For the 2020–21 school year, Senate Bill (SB) 98 External link opens in new window or tab. added EC Section 43509, which changed the adoption date for the Budget Overview for Parents to on or before December 15, 2020, in conjunction with the LEA’s first interim budget report.

Adopted on or before December 15, 2020, in conjunction with the LEA's first interim budget report.

School Plan for Student Achievement (SPSA)

*As a convenience, the CDE has developed a SPSA template (DOCX) that, if completed consistent with the provided instructions and is implemented with fidelity, meets all state and federal schoolwide planning requirements, including Comprehensive Support and Improvement (CSI)/Additional Targeted Support and Improvement (ATSI) plan requirements, as applicable.

In general, schools operating Title I, Part A schoolwide programs are required to complete a SPSA consistent with EC Section 64001 and convene a Schoolsite Council consistent with the requirements in EC sections 65000 or 65001.

The exception to the requirement is that EC Section 64001(j) allows a charter school or single school district to use their LCAP and the stakeholder groups in EC Section 52062 to meet federal school planning and stakeholder requirements.

For the 2020–21 school year, all schools operating Title I, Part A Schoolwide Programs (including charter schools and single school districts) are required to develop a SPSA consistent with the requirements in EC Section 64001.

For the 2020–21 school year, charter schools and single school districts may convene a Schoolsite Council or may use the stakeholder engagement process for the Learning Continuity Plan for the development and approval of their SPSA.

The SPSA is a one-year plan that is intended to be developed and approved before or during the school year for which the plan is being implemented. Statute does not specify a timeline/deadline for when the development and approval of the SPSA must occur; this remains a local decision consistent with the needs of the school and local community.

CSI Plan/ATSI Plan

An LEA with schools identified for CSI or ATSI on the 2019 California School Dashboard must develop and implement a CSI/ATSI plan for the 2020–21 school year that meets federal planning requirements consistent with Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) sections 1111(d)(1) and 1111(d)(2), respectively.

For the 2020–21 school year, all LEAs, including single school districts and charter schools (Title I or non-Title I), must use the SPSA planning process to meet CSI/ATSI planning requirements.

For the 2020-21 school year, charter schools and single school districts may establish a Schoolsite Council or may use the stakeholder engagement process for the Learning Continuity Plan for the development and approval of their CSI/ATSI plans.

While the CDE does not mandate the SPSA template or any other school-level planning template; as a convenience, the CDE has developed the SPSA template (DOCX) that, if completed consistent with the provided instructions and is implemented with fidelity, meets all CSI/ATSI planning requirements, as applicable.

If an LEA elects to use its SPSA template to document its school improvement efforts, then it must ensure that its template/process addresses all school improvement planning requirements for CSI/ATSI.

There is an expectation that CSI/ATSI plans for the 2020–21 school year are fully developed and approved at the local level no later than November 2020, so that implementation can begin no later than December 2020.

In a non-COVID environment, it is the expectation that CSI/ATSI plans are fully developed and approved at the local level no later than the first day of the school year.

CSI Prompts

Beginning in 2019–20, the State Board of Education (SBE) added three CSI prompts to the Plan Summary section of the LCAP. The CSI prompts serve as the mechanism by which the SBE approves CSI Plans.

The CSI prompts and the CSI plan are two distinctively different documents and processes. The CSI prompts do not serve as the CSI plan. The LEA uses the CSI prompts to report to the SBE its efforts to develop, implement, and monitor its CSI plan.

With no LCAP required for the 2020–21 school year, LEAs will complete the 2020–21 CSI prompts using a fillable form accessed from the CDE CSI web page. The CDE conducted a webinar on September 29, 2020, to walk LEAs and COEs through the timeline and process for completing the 2020–21 CSI prompts. Webinar slides are located on the 2020–21 CSI Prompts webpage.

LEAs will resume addressing the CSI prompts in the 2021–22 LCAP.

The 2020–21 CSI Prompts form (DOCX) is available for LEAs to download.

No later than October 31, 2020, school districts and charter schools must complete and submit the completed 2020–21 CSI Prompts form to their COE for approval.

No later than October 31, 2020, COEs must complete and submit the completed 2020–21 CSI Prompts form to the CDE at LCAPreview@cde.ca.gov for approval.

LCAP Federal Addendum

The LCAP Federal Addendum only needs to be completed and submitted for approval by the CDE and the SBE once.

LEAs that completed and received CDE approval for their LCAP Federal Addendum in 2019–2020 do not need to resubmit an LCAP Federal Addendum for the 2020–21 school year.

Revisions or updates to the 2019–2020 LCAP Federal Addendum may be made at the local level, consistent with specific Title requirements, and do not need to be submitted within the LCAP Federal Addendum system. However, it is the responsibility of the LEA to adhere to the revision and update requirements specific to each Title, as applicable. It is recommended that LEAs contact the individual Title program offices for additional guidance.

LEAs that are applying for ESSA funding for the first time in 2020–21 are required to complete and submit LCAP Federal Addendums for CDE and SBE approval in the 2020–21 school year. Once the LEA submits its 2020–21 Consolidated Application (ConApp) in the Consolidated Application and Reporting System (CARS) to apply for ESSA funding, the LEA may access the LCAP Federal Addendum system and submit responses to the provisions for the applicable Titles for CDE approval.

In order to receive federal Title funds, the LEA must have an ESSA LEA Plan on file with the California SBE. For LEAs applying for federal Title funds for the first time, they must submit an LCAP Federal Addendum to the CDE for review within the fiscal year for which they are applying to receive funds.

Following the review of the LCAP Federal Addendum, the CDE will submit the LCAP Federal Addendum to the SBE for approval, enabling the LEA to receive federal Title funding.

Operations Written Report (OWR) Paragraph 2 of Executive Order N-56-20 External link opens in new window or tab. (PDF) established the requirements for the OWR. However, SB 98 External link opens in new window or tab. removed said requirements, which made the OWR no longer required. However, LEAs may refer to the OWR within their Learning Continuity Plan, as applicable. Not Applicable
Local Control and Accountability Plan The Learning Continuity Plan replaces the LCAP. LEAs are not required to complete an LCAP for the 2020–21 school year. Not Applicable

 

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Last Reviewed: Wednesday, February 10, 2021
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