School PlansSchool level planning is intended to improve student academic performance for schools that participate in programs funded through the Consolidated Application.
School planning is required in state law, federal law, and federal regulations.
Single Plan for Student Achievement (SPSA)
Under California Education Code (EC) Section 64001(a), each school in a local education agency (LEA) that operates any categorical programs consolidates any plans that are required by those programs into a single plan called the Single Plan for Student Achievement (SPSA). The SPSA may include other programs at the discretion of the school and the LEA (EC Section 64001[a]).
The SPSA shall be developed based on analysis of verifiable state data upon which school goals are formed and address, at a minimum, how funds provided to the school will be used to improve the academic performance of all students to the level of performance goals established by the state (EC Section 64001[f]).
The SPSA, including proposed expenditures of funds allocated to the school through the consolidate application (ConApp), shall be developed, reviewed and updated annually, by the schoolsite council (SSC), to support the school’s improvement efforts and determine progress toward accomplishing the goals set forth in the plan. The SPSA including any subsequent revisions shall also be reviewed and approved by the local governing board of an LEA at a regularly scheduled meeting (EC Section 64001[g]).
Additional information on SSC may be located on the Schoolsite Council Web page.
The SPSA shall be developed with the involvement of all applicable school advisory committees to ensure that the school advisory committees have opportunities to review, certify and provide advice (EC Section 64001[a]). LEAs are recommended to align goals found in the LEAs local control and accountability plan (LCAP) and federal LEA-level planning documents.
Schoolwide Program (SWP) Plans
SPSAs developed pursuant to Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) Section 1114 for a Schoolwide Program (SWP) may satisfy this requirement (EC Section 64001[e]).
Under ESSA and the Code of Federal Regulations (CFR), school plans are only specified for SWP programs (ESSA Section 1114 and 34 CFR Section 200.27) and for schools identified for targeted assistance and improvement (TSI) (ESSA Section 1111[d]). However, pursuant to EC Section 64001(a), all schools receiving funds through the ConApp must develop a SPSA.
The SWP plan shall be developed based on a comprehensive needs assessment of the entire school that takes into account information on the academic achievement of children in relation to the challenging State academic standards, particularly the needs of those children who are failing, or are at-risk of failing, to meet the challenging State academic standards and any other factors as determined by the LEA (ESSA Section 1114[b]).
The SWP plan shall include a description of the strategies to address school needs identified through the comprehensive needs assessment (ESSA Section 1114[b]) and describe how the school will carry out each of the plan components under 34 CFR Section 200.28 (34 CFR Section 200.27[a][i]), including strategies in the overall instructional program (34 CFR 200.28[a]), providing ongoing professional development (34 CFR 200.28[b]), and plans for assisting preschool students in the successful transition from early childhood programs (34 CFR 200.28[e]).
The activities, strategies, or interventions included in the SWP plan shall be evidence-based that meet the threshold of one of the four levels of evidence specified in ESSA Section 8101(21)(A).Additional information on SWPs may be located on the Schoolwide Programs Web page.
Frequently Asked Questions
Answers to frequently asked questions (FAQ) regarding schools plans may be found at School Plans FAQs.
- California Department of Education School Plan for Student Achievement Template
- Every Student Succeeds Act
- California Education Code Section 64001
- Code of Federal Regulation (CFR)