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The Local Control Funding Formula (LCFF) was enacted in 2013 and was designed to improve student outcomes by providing more resources to meet the educational needs of low-income students, English learners, and foster youth. The law provides more flexibility to districts on how they choose to spend their money. In exchange, districts must provide more transparency by developing local control and accountability plans with meaningful community engagement. In addition, LCFF requires the State Board of Education (SBE) to develop a new statewide accountability system. During the development of this new system, the SBE suspended the calculation of the API and the last API report was produced in 2013.
In March 2017, the California SBE and the CDE launched a new accountability system to replace the API. This new, multiple-measures system provides a fuller picture of how districts and schools are addressing the needs of their students while also identifying the specific strengths and areas in need of improvement. The new accountability and continuous improvement system was implemented using an online tool known as the California School Dashboard (Dashboard).
Local Control and Accountability Plan

Local Control and Accountability Plan

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 2022-2023 LCAP year must be posted as one document assembled in the following order:
  • LCFF Budget Overview for Parents
  • 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
  • Instructions