April 1, 2014
Dear Shoreline Parents:
We want to take a moment and thank the so many of you that chose to participate in our first attempt at developing the Local Control Accountability Plan (LCAP). We just concluded the third and final meeting whereby we had over 40 participants helping the school district develop a plan that will hopefully reflect the hearts and wishes of everyone in the school district.
Developing & Designing a Plan That Meets Student Needs-Local Control Accountability Plan
The State requires that all California school districts engage parents, educators, employees, and the community to establish a Local Accountability Plan. In these plans, districts will describe their overall vision for students, outline their annual goals and enumerate the specific actions they will take to achieve their goals. Part of this includes a financial accounting for the use of the budget as well annual assessments that measure how well the strategies in the plan were able to improve student outcomes.
What Does The State Require To Be Included In These Plans?
School districts are responsible for developing goals and actions in eight priority areas defined by the State:
- Williams Act–Providing credentialed teachers, instructional materials that align with state standards, and safe facilities for all students
- Academic Content and Performance Standards–implementing California’s Common Core State Standards
- Parental Involvement–involving parents in their student’s educational programs and in the decision-making process of the district
4. Pupil Achievement— improving student outcomes and increasing college and career readiness.
5. Pupil Engagement—supporting students in consistent school attendance
6. School Climate–nurturing students in a healthy school environment where they feel safe
7. Access and Enrollment—ensuring access for all students to classes
8. Pupil Outcomes–measuring student progress and outcomes to guide the teaching
The three overarching areas of focus that we addressed in our meetings were: 1) The Conditions for Learning which focused upon facilities, sufficiency of teaching materials, and teacher quality. 2) Pupil Outcomes which focused on student achievement according to overall performance and breakdowns by sub-groups (English Language Learners, Socio-Disadvantaged students, and Educationally Handicapped students). 3) Engagement which focused on how well do our school actively engage parents to be involved in the school and students to want to be at school engaged in their learning. Our efforts over the past month resulted in the Preliminary Goals that you can see in this link- LCAP Planning – Data Analysis. We will be reporting to the school board the result of our initial efforts at the April 17th board meeting. We will be taking all the information generated in our LCAP meetings and be “fitting” that information into the LCAP template which will go to the board for approval at the May board meeting. All information and the eventual finalized LCAP Plan will be shared with the general public when completed.
Thanks again to all of you that participated in our first LCAP effort. Stay tuned to this site as we further develop the LCAP with not only GOALS but also a three year action plan for the district.
Tom Stubbs, Superintendent