Local Control and Accountability Plans are developed locally and then approved by the local governing board per the directions on the California State Board of Education adopted template as noted below.
The Local Control and Accountability Plan (LCAP) and annual update template shall be used to provide details regarding local educational agencies’ (LEAs) actions and expenditures to support pupil outcomes and overall performance pursuant to Education Code sections 52060, 52066, 47605, 47605.5, and 47606.5.
Charter schools, pursuant to Education Code sections 47605, 47605.5, and 47606.5, must describe goals and specific actions to achieve those goals for all pupils and each subgroup of pupils identified in Education Code section 52052, including pupils with disabilities, for each of the state priorities as applicable and any locally identified priorities. For charter schools, the inclusion and description of goals for state priorities in the LCAP may be modified to meet the grade levels served and the nature of the programs provided, including modifications to reflect only the statutory requirements explicitly applicable to charter schools in the Education Code.
Pursuant to California Education Code (EC) Section 47604.33, charter schools are required to submit an LCAP to the authorizing agency and the county superintendent of schools on or before July 1 of each year.
For charter schools, the charter school governing board approves the LCAP. From that point, the process is different from that of school districts. Charter school LCAPs are NOT submitted to any other entity for approval. Charter schools are required to provide their approved LCAP to their authorizing board for information and review.
Progress on the goals and actions of the charter school LCAP shall be considered by the authorizing board during renewal decisions. E.C. 47607 states, “The authority that granted the charter shall consider increases in pupil academic achievement for all groups of pupils served by the charter school as the most important factor in determining whether to grant a charter renewal.”
Like school districts, charters must have their performance assessed annually based on the State Board of Education adopted rubric. For charter schools, this assessment is conducted by the authorizer, not by the county superintendent. Charter schools are required to receive technical assistance from the authorizer if they do not improve outcomes in three out of four consecutive school years for three or more subgroups in more than one state priority area.