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.
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 local educational agencies (LEAs) 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 2020-2021 LCAP year must be posted as one document assembled in the following order:
- LCFF Budget Overview for Parents
- 2019-20 Annual Update with instructions
- Plan Summary
- Stakeholder Engagement
- Goals and Actions
- Increased or Improved Services for Foster Youth, English Learners, and Low-income students
- Expenditure Tables
LCFF Budget Overview for Parents
- LCFF Budget Overview for Parents (XLSX) Adopted by the California State Board of Education (SBE) Executive Director on December 31, 2018; updated January 31, 2019
- LCFF Budget Overview for Parents Instructions (PDF)
- The Local Control and Accountability Plan (LCAP) Electronic Template (eTemplate)
- Guide to eTemplate Functionality (PDF) Updated February 2020
- Annual Update for the 2019-20 LCAP Year (DOCX) Adopted by the SBE on January 8, 2020
The eTemplate (listed above) meets accessibility requirements and the CDE encourages LEAs to utilize an electronic system. While the Excel version of the LCAP Expenditure Table document does not meet all accessibility requirements, the Word/Excel version of the LCAP is available as a tool to interested local educational agencies:
- Approved LCAP Template 2020 (DOCX) Adopted by the SBE on January 8, 2020
- LCAP Expenditure Tables Template (XLSX) Adopted by the SBE on January 8, 2020
Other Planning Templates
- COVID-19 Operations Written Report Template (DOCX)
- LCAP Federal Addendum Submission System
- LCAP Federal Addendum Template (DOCX) Adopted by the SBE on March 14, 2018
Within California, LEAs that apply for Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) funds are required to complete the Local Control and Accountability Plan (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.
- School Plan for Student Achievement (SPSA) Template (DOCX) Posted January 27, 2020
California Education Code 64001 and the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) requires 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 new SPSA template is to assist LEAs and schools in meeting the content requirements for consolidating all school plans. For guidance on federal program planning requirements, please contact the Title I Program and Policy Guidance Office at TITLEI@cde.ca.gov.
- Parent advisory committee - as used in California Education Code (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.
Frequently Asked Questions
- Local Control and Accountability Plans
- Unduplicated Students
- Parent and Community Engagement
- Charter Schools
- California Collaborative for Educational Excellence
More frequently asked questions will be added as they become available.
Review of COE LCAPs
For an overview of the County Office of Education (COE) Local Control and Accountability Plan (LCAP) review process, see The Review of County Office of Education LCAPs by the CDE (PDF).
County Office of Education and School District LCAPs
California Education Code, Section 52065 requires that the Superintendent post links to all local control and accountability plans approved by the governing boards of school districts and county boards of education on the Internet Web site of the Department.
LCFF and Uniform Complaint Procedures
The LCFF and UCP Letter provides information about the LCFF and Uniform Complaint Procedures.
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-LCFFemail@example.com. (To unsubscribe, send a "blank" message to unsubscribe-LCFFfirstname.lastname@example.org.)
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 Academic Accountability Team at DASHBOARD@cde.ca.gov.