LOCAL CONTROL AND ACCOUNTABILITY PLAN (LCAP)
The LCAP is an ambitious document created from the input of the Laguna Beach USD community and the touchstone by which we guide and execute our efforts to educate children. It is comprised of goals that focus District practices and resources to ensure students are college and career ready upon graduation. The LCAP shows the alignment of LBUSD curriculum, instruction, assessment, and interventions with the eight State priorities. All stakeholders understand how the LCAP is constructed, how it reflects the District vision and mission, and the importance of ensuring fidelity to the goals. This document meets both the requirements of the state and the expectations of the District's stakeholders. The LCAP is a significant change in how school district funding priorities have been set, for the first time mandating significant engagement of stakeholders and demanding specific accountability for the effectiveness of the adopted strategies.
The Local Control Accountability Plan is a component of the Local Control Funding Formula (LCFF). Under the LCFF, all local educational agencies are required to prepare an LCAP, which describes how districts intend to meet annual goals for all pupils, with specific activities to address state and local priorities.
On June 13, 2017, a Public Hearing was held regarding the submission of the 2017-2020 LCAP for Board of Education approval. On June 27, 2017, the LBUSD Governing Board approved the 2017-20 Local Control and Accountability Plan.
The Laguna Beach Unified School District thanks the community for its efforts in the development of this Local Control Accountability Plan.
- 2017-20 LCAP
- 2017-20 LCAP Executive Summary and Infographic
- 2017 LCAP and Dashboard Parent Informational Letter (Emailed to all LBUSD families on June 20, 2017)
To create the plan, school districts must engage parents, educators, employees and the community. LBUSD is focused on improving communication and involvement of all stakeholders, through stakeholder information meetings, School Messenger, the school and district websites, and stakeholder advisory groups. According to the 2017 LCAP Survey, 80% of parents are satisfied with the communication they receive and 75% of parents and staff say that the district encourages parent input. Our Annual LCAP Survey received 464 parent responses in 2016-17, increasing from 339 in 2015-16 and 193 in 2014-15. The parent participation has more than doubled since 2014-15. We also surveyed 1700 students, up from 700 in 2014-15. This data shows that LBUSD has dramatically improved our ability to receive feedback from parents and students.
Through feedback from School Site Councils, the LCAP Advisory Committee, school PTAs, district and site staff, and administration, LBUSD has determined five goals that align our efforts to the state priorities and focus our actions, services, and expenditures to ensure that we are meeting the needs of all LBUSD students. These five goals are:
1. Increase student academic achievement and social and emotional strength through collaboration, critical thinking, creativity, and communication
2. All students will gain the knowledge and skills to be college and career ready through a wide variety of academic and enrichment opportunities
3. Professional development focused on 21st Century teaching and learning
4. Safe, attractive, clean, well-equipped learning environments for all students that promote critical thinking, collaboration, creativity, and communication
5. All stakeholders will be engaged in the learning process by promoting a variety of opportunities for parents, students, staff and the community that strengthen communication and meaningful participation
California is field testing a new website designed to help communities across the state access important information about K-12 districts and schools. Called the California School Dashboard (https://www.caschooldashboard.org), the site features easy-to-read reports on multiple measures of school success, including test scores, graduation rates, English learner progress and suspension rates. The Dashboard is part of California’s new school accountability system based on 2013’s Local Control Funding Formula. It is the next step in a series of major shifts in public education that have raised the bar for student learning, transformed testing and placed the focus on equity for all students. To further describe the California School Dashboard, LBUSD has created a short video.
Why a new system and a new tool?
The Dashboard is a key part of California’s commitment to transparency and continuous improvement. California’s future success depends on tapping into the potential of all students, so they graduate ready for college, careers and life. For schools to reach this goal, teachers, parents and the community need clear and useful measures of progress. As an accountability tool, the Dashboard will help the state identify schools (including charter schools) and districts needing targeted assistance.
In the past, accountability systems for districts and schools relied solely on test scores. But one test taken on one particular day doesn’t provide a complete picture of all the ways schools are helping students succeed.
Think of it this way: You can’t drive a car by only watching the speedometer. You also keep your eye on the road, check the mirrors, monitor the gas tank and pay attention if the engine light comes on. Similarly, the Dashboard provides information on different aspects of student performance, which will give a more complete picture of a school’s progress. The Dashboard also reports on growth to show a school’s trajectory over time.
The Dashboard is deliberately designed to be a work in progress: Metrics and reports will be added over time. During the field testing phase, the state will be gathering feedback to make additional modifications. The exciting changes taking place in education will take time to fully implement. While schools are making progress in many key areas there is always more work to do. The Dashboard is part of an ongoing conversation with our community on both how we’re doing and how we can do better. Meeting goals will take a united effort, and I look forward to working with our families to ensure success for every student.
This section identifies the LCAP actions and services, as well as related expenditures.
LBUSD is a basic aid district and does not receive additional state funding, however we still provide many supplemental services to assure that ALL students’ needs are being met, including:
- Expanding CTE pathways, ROP Courses, A-G Courses, and STEM Electives
- Purchasing and maintaining technology to support 21st Century teacher and learning
- Continuing and expanding MTSS, including intervention classes and RTI coordination
- Refining reclassification process for English Learners to ensure monitoring after reclassification
- Free bus transportation for low income students and general education students for extended day and additional support classes
Please click on the school link below to access the SPSA for each site.