Understanding the LCAP Report

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Understanding the LCAP Report

By Karl Mueller, CUSD Superintendent

If you’re a regular reader of our CUSD news section, you are familiar with how the LCAP is defining a new era of accountability in education. Not only is the state creating a more accurate measurement system for schools, all across the state schools are receiving and implementing input from their stakeholders. In CUSD, we have received invaluable feedback from our shareholders - special thanks to our Association of Coronado Teachers, CSEA, and parent / community forums for their important contributions! 

To catch up on some of the changes we are implementing as part of the LCAP, check out our post on the strategic planning process.

If you’re in the know, this is the post for you. We are going to go through where the LCAP process is currently, how to read the document, and draw special attention to how we measure success.

 

Overview of the LCAP Document

We recently released the first draft of our CUSD LCAP. This document focuses on 2017-2018, but will guide our efforts through 2020. You can access the draft version here.

Here is a brief overview of what you will encounter:

Section 1: Summaries

An overview of where we are currently as a school district, success areas as well as highlighting areas with gaps that we will be working on over the next three years.  

Section Two: Look Back

This evaluates what we said we would focus on last year, including the desired outcomes and related metrics. We pull in data from our measurement systems and evaluate progress.

Section Three: Community Involvement

Here we outline how we receive community input as well as outlining how that input impacted the LCAP.

Section Four: Accountability and Measurement

This outlines our specific actions to meet each of the eight priorities set out by the state, as well as our board goals. To ensure we are making progress, we also outline each measurement system or metric we will use to gauge our progress.  

 

Emphasizing Accountability and Measurement 

The fourth and final section of the LCAP creates the majority of the document. That’s because measurement and accountability are of the utmost importance. Without building in these tracking aspects and milestones, our goals don’t carry as much weight. As a school district, we also build the idea of measurement into everything we do. It’s how we continue to improve.

To give you an overview, we build in several different measurements for each school. Every school district will organize this section of the LCAP on how it makes the most sense for their schools. We chose to organize it based on our Board Goals. 

Within each of our three Board goals, we list key actions. These are big areas of learning that we will address to ensure each child is learning. Then we list ways we will measure progress.

Here is a quick snapshot based on board goals:

  • Learning: 7 key actions, 20 measurement systems;
  • Communication: 3 key actions, 6 measurement systems;
  • Support: 7 key actions, 11 measurement systems.

 

Testing in May 

May is a big month for us at CUSD. First, we have the CAASPP testing window this month. Our students in grades 3-8 and 11 will be completing tests in English Language Arts and mathematics through May 24th. These results feed into our LCAP as one of the metrics we use to measure progress.  Students in grades 5, 8, and 12 also participated in a pilot test of a new California assessment for science called CAST. There will be no results reported yet for this test. 

Additionally, our high school students took their Advanced Placement (AP) tests this month.

 

Still Several Phases to Go

Something this important cannot be rushed. That’s why there are still several phases left before our LCAP is finalized. In addition to our community planning sessions we hosted early this year, we are encouraging community input up until the board meeting on June 22nd.  On June 8th we will host a public meeting for the community to give feedback as well. 

On June 22nd, we will have our school board meeting to approve the LCAP and the budget for next year. From there it goes to the San Diego County Office of Education for review. They ensure our document is compliant with the state guidelines and give feedback and support as needed.