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LCAPs: Planning for success

As a critical component of the new Local Control Funding Formula (LCFF), every school district must engage parents and the community to create a Local Control and Accountability Plan (LCAP).


The LCAP is intended to be a comprehensive planning tool to help all students succeed.

Each plan must describe:

  • District-wide and school-wide goals, as well as specific actions to be taken to achieve the goals for all students, including specific subgroups of students, in each of the eight state priority areas, plus any locally identified priority areas.
  • Expected progress toward meeting the goals, and as part of a district’s required annual update of the plan, the district must describe actual progress made toward meeting the goals and describe any adjustments to be made.
  • Expenditures required to implement each of the goals and actions, including a description of how additional funds provided for low-income students, English learners and foster youth will be used to increase or improve services for these students.
  • The process used to involve parents, students, community members, school employees and other stakeholders in developing, reviewing, and supporting implementation of the LCAP.


Each school district’s LCAP must focus on eight priority areas that help all students succeed. These eight priority areas reflect PTA’s belief that many factors – both inside and outside the classroom – positively impact student success.

Take a deeper look at each of the eight state priority areas in our LCAP Quick Guides. These resources show how progress is measured, key questions to ask and links to more resources. Use these great tools as you review your district’s proposed LCAP.



  • You can use the LCAP Parent Checklist Template from to help you determine “next steps” to make your schools better. Your PTA and school community can work on it together to provide input on your LCAP.
  • Another great way for parents to get involved in school decision-making is through California State PTA’s School Smarts Parent Engagement Program.