What is the Local Control Accountability Plan (LCAP)?

Wordle of LCAP related words

This written accountable plan must address state and local priorities set forth by the California Department of Education (CDE). The LCAP must identify three years of annual goals for all the charter’s students, for “numerically significant subgroups”, for students with disabilities, and for LCFF-targeted students (free/reduced, EL, foster). 

The plan then outlines annual actions that the charter will take to accomplish these goals and the expenditures to support the actions. On Nov. 2, 2016 the CDE approved a new LCAP template meant to maximize transparency and make it easy to use for stakeholders.

Not sure what should be in your LCAP?

By law the LCAP must address eight state priorities:


Conditions of Learning

Are the teachers, materials, and facilities conducive to learning?

Pupil Outcomes

Pupil achievement, including (but not limited to) standardized testing.



Parent and pupil engagement and satisfaction with the school.

Each of the three sections above in turn have three required steps / subsections:

Stakeholder Engagement | Goals and Progress Indicators | Actions, Services, and Expenditures


How does the LCAP effect LEAs?

Under the Local Control Funding Formula (LCFF) all LEAs are required to prepare an LCAP describing how the school intends to meet annual goals for students. To Charter School Operators, the LCAP plays a major role in the first several sections of the charter petition, the LEA plan, and possible WASC accreditation planning documents.