Local Control Funding Formula (LCFF) and Local Control Accountability Plan (LCAP)

What is Local Control Funding Formula (LCFF)?

On January 16, 2014, the California Department of Education took action to adopt spending regulations and requirements of the Local Control and Accountability Plan (LCAP) for all school districts in California. The Local Control Funding Formula (LCFF) is a major change in how California has provides pupil funding to school districts. LCFF gives school districts new decision making power for allocating funds based on the needs of their students. The local control funding goal is multi-fold:

  • To provide simplicity and transparency in the funding process
  • To require an accountability plan that is now performance-focused rather than compliance-oriented
  • To ensure that state funding will be equitable for all students by using the same base amount per student, with any adjustment in funding based on grade levels and the demographic profile of the students
  • To provide school districts with more flexibility to direct resources to meet student needs

LCFF Accountability

As part of the Local Control Funding Formula (LCFF), each School District is required to develop, adopt and annual update a three-year Local Control and Accountability Plan (LCAP) beginning on July 1, 2014. The LCAP is LCFF’s vehicle for transparency, performance data, needs, actions and outcomes that will guide the use of available LCFF funding. School districts will develop a budget which is aligned to their LCAP. In addition, school districts are expected to meet eight specified state priorities associated with LCFF but it is up to each individual school district to specify how they will meet these priorities through specific goals identified in the LCAP.


Eight LCAP Priority Areas

LCAP 2019-2020

LCAP 2018-2019

LCAP 2017-20 Plan Summary

LCAP School Board Presentation - February 12, 2014

LCAP Update - November 19, 2014

LCAP 2016-2017

LCAP Draft 05-19-2016

LCAP February 2016

LCFF Accountability System

Annual School Site Council Parent/ LCAP Surveys

2016-2017 Annual School Site Council (SSC) Parent/LCAP Surveys

2016-2017 anual escuela padres/LCAP de Consejo (SSC) de Site Survey

LCAP Resources

1.WestEd Local Control Formula Information

2.CDE’s LCFF Web Page