Local Control Funding FormulaCalifornia's new school funding formula, enacted in 2013. Actual funding allocations, when available, will be available via the Principal Apportionment page.
The Local Control Funding Formula (LCFF) is hallmark legislation that fundamentally changed how all local educational agencies (LEAs) in the state are funded, how they are measured for results, and the services and supports they receive to allow all students to succeed to their greatest potential.
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Components of LCFF
California Accountability Model and School Dashboard
The California Accountability Model and School Dashboard provide information about how local educational agencies and schools are meeting the needs of California's diverse student population based on a concise set of measures.
LCFF Support and Assistance
California’s accountability and continuous improvement system is based on a three-tiered framework, with the first tier, general assistance, made up of resources and assistance that is made available to all local educational agencies. Differentiated assistance is the second tier of assistance that one or more agencies is required by statute to provide to local educational agencies that meet certain eligibility criteria. The third tier is intensive intervention, which is generally required based on persistent performance issues over a specified period of time. The Assistance Status spreadsheet linked below provides the assistance status for county offices of education, school districts, and charter schools.
2022 LCFF Assistance Status
Prior Year LCFF Assistance Status
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. The Local Control and Accountability Plan webpage provides resources to support the planning, implementation and evaluation of an LCAP.
In order to create a clear connection between an LEA’s performance and the planning process that is memorialized in the LCAP, California Education Code (EC) Section 52064 was amended to include a requirement that an LEA that meets certain criteria include one or more specific goals in the LCAP focused on improving student outcomes of low-performing student groups and/or schools. The legislative intent of these requirements is two-fold: first, to ensure that LEAs are addressing the needs of consistently low-performing student groups; and second, to ensure that higher performing LEAs are addressing the needs of low-performing schools within the LEA.
The CDE has prepared files that indicate the LEAs that have met the criteria to include one or more specific goals in the LCAP. These files indicate, for all applicable LEAs, the student group(s) and schools are required to be addressed within a specific goal in the LEAs LCAP. These files will be prepared and posted annually. For additional information related to this requirement please see the Goals and Actions section of the LCAP template instructions.
LCAP Required Goals Lists
The Local Control Funding Formula (LCFF) Overview provides information about funding.
The Principal Apportionment includes funding for the Local Control Funding Formula, which is the primary source of an LEA's general purpose funding; Special Education (Assembly Bill 602); and funding for several other programs. The Principal Apportionment is a series of apportionment calculations that adjust the flow of state funds throughout the fiscal year as information becomes known.
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 Family Engagement Toolkit (PDF) and Editable Templates (DOC) provide practical planning and evaluation tools that support efforts to engage all families, particularly those of underrepresented and underserved students.
Frequently Asked Questions
- LCFF Funding
- Financial Accounting
- Local Control and Accountability Plans
- Unduplicated Pupils and California Longitudinal Pupil Achievement Data System
- Free and Reduced-Price Meal (FRPM) Income Eligibility Under the LCFF
- Unduplicated Pupils at Schools with Provision 2 and 3 or Community Eligibility Provision (CEP) Status
- Unduplicated Students
- Categorical Programs
- Necessary Small Schools
- Home-to-School Transportation
- Economic Impact Aid
- Parent and Community Engagement
- LCFF Funding for County Office of Education Schools
- Charter Schools
- K–3 Grade Span Adjustment
- California Collaborative for Educational Excellence