Board-Approved Final 2014-15 Version of Berkeley Unified LCAP Plan: LCAP Version 30 June 25, 2014
Update on October 22, 2014: Berkeley’s Local Control and Accountability Plan was approved by Alameda County Office of Education in August, 2014. The links above include the final approved version of the LCAP for 2014-17, as well as a few of the individual components of the plan.
Update on June 6, 2014: On June 11th the school board will hold a public hearing on the district’s Local Control and Accountability Plan (LCAP) during the regularly scheduled board meeting. The final plan will be on the board agenda for approval at the June 25th meeting. LCAP_V27_June 11, 2014
Superintendent responses to public comments and questions from the PAC/DELAC and general public will be available on the district website on Monday, June 9th. You can find the link here.
Update on April 25, 2014: On Wednesday, April 30th at 7:30pm, the School Board will be reviewing and discussing the First Draft of the Local Control and Accountability Plan. The LCAP is designed to be a planning and accountability tool for the District, with a focus on low income students, English learners, and foster youth. (The State Board of Education created the LCAP template that all districts must use.)
Public Comments: Written comments from the public, and comments from the PAC (Parent Advisory Committee) and DELAC (District English Learner Advisory Committee), on the LCAP draft may be submitted to the Superintendent by 4:00pm on Friday, May 9, 2014. (Please submit comments either by email to firstname.lastname@example.org, or by letter to: Superintendent Donald Evans, 2020 Bonar St. Berkeley, CA, 94704.)
Next Steps: Based on feedback from the Board, from the PAC and DELAC, and from the public, a second draft of the LCAP is scheduled for presentation at the May 21st Board Meeting. The formal public hearing on the final draft of the LCAP and the district’s 2014-15 budget will occur at the June 11 board meeting. The final LCAP will be presented to the board for consideration at the June 25 board meeting.
In January 2012, Governor Brown’s budget proposed replacing most of California’s complex formulas with a weighted student formula. This concept was included in the 2013 budget as the Local Control Funding Formula or LCFF, which when fully implemented will allocate educational funds based on specific student needs and will allow maximum flexibility at the local level.
Priorities and Accountability
The plan, called the Local Control and Accountability Plan (LCAP), must be adopted by each district at a board meeting after consultation with teachers, principals, school personnel, pupils, bargaining units, parents and with the advice of a district-level parent advisory committees. The LCAP must include a description of:
- The district’s annual goals, for all students and for each subgroup, for each of the state priority areas and any additional local priorities areas; and
- The specific actions and strategies the district will use to achieve those goals.
The state has identified the following eight priority areas:
- Student Achievement
- Student Engagement
- Other Student Outcomes
- School Climate
- Parent Involvement
- Implementation of Academic Standards, including a focus on English Learners
- Course Access
- Basic Services, including facilities, qualified teachers, and instructional materials
Examples of measures that could be included in the LCAP to assess progress in these areas are: graduation rates, drop-out rates, performance on state and local assessments, English learner reclassification rate, percentage of students passing AP and IB exams, SAT participation and scores, attendance rates, suspension and expulsion rates, levels of parent participation and satisfaction, reports on facilities and availability of instructional materials, rate of teacher mis-assignment, level of implementation of CCSS, and student access and enrollment in college prep classes.
Plan Development Process
One of the key components outlined in the Education Code is that districts must consult various stakeholders in the development of the LCAP, and allow them to review it and comment on it. The figure below outlines the process a district must follow in adopting its LCAP. One of the main procedural requirements is that a district consults with its school employees, local bargaining units, parents, and students. As part of this consultation process, BUSD must present their proposed plans to a parent advisory committee and a separate EL parent advisory committee (DELAC). The advisory committees can review and comment on the proposed plan. Ed. Code also requires districts to respond in writing to the comments of the advisory committees and to notify members of the public that they may submit written comments regarding the specific actions and expenditures proposed in the LCAP. Please review information on the LCAP advisory committees webpage.
The Legislative Analyst’s Office has compiled some helpful information about what the new laws surrounding LCFF and Education Code require of school districts.