The IUSD Board of Education will hold a public hearing during its regularly scheduled meeting on Tuesday, June 3 to hear comments on the latest draft of the district’s new accountability plan.
The Local Control Accountability Plan, or LCAP, is an important component of the state’s new Local Control Funding Formula. Starting this year, all districts are required to prepare LCAPs that describe how they intend to meet annual goals for students, addressing both state and local priorities.
The reports, which must be adopted on or before July 1, also require input from local stakeholders, including parents, staff and community members. Though Tuesday’s public hearing represents the latest opportunity to weigh in, IUSD began soliciting input back in March.
Each LCAP must focus on eight areas identified as state priorities, but the plans also have to demonstrate how district budgets will help improve student outcomes — and how progress will be measured.
To meet the eight state priorities detailed in the LCFF legislation, IUSD has developed these four goals:
- Ensure all students attain proficiency in the current content standards
- Ensure access to rigorous and relevant learning tools, resources and skills for all staff and students
- Cultivate a positive school culture and system of supports for student personal and academic growth
- Communicate effectively and form strategic alliances to secure the support and resources necessary to deliver our vision
And, according to the latest draft of Irvine’s LCAP, the goals above will be supported by the following proposed actions:
- Reduce class sizes by two students from transitional kindergarten through grade six and by one in grades seven through 12
- Increase site allocations by 25 percent and return site carryovers from 2011-12
- Fund curriculum development and textbook adoption
- Fund science specialists in grades four through six
- Fund a districtwide Teacher on Special Assignment (TOSA) school support facilitator, as well as assistant principal allocations
- Fund site-level technology support
- Invest in districtwide technology infrastructure upgrades
- Fund support for Education Services, including TOSA support
- Provide support for Maintenance and Operations, as well as school grounds
- Restore deferred maintenance funding
- Provide for fiscal stability
Of course, that’s just a rough overview of the plan. To access a draft of IUSD’s Local Control and Accountability Plan, click here. Or take a look at this slide presentation from the Board of Education’s April 29 Study Session.
Tuesday’s Board of Education meeting starts at 6:30 p.m. in the Board Room of the District Office, located at 5050 Barranca Parkway in Irvine. It will also be broadcast on channel 39 for local Cox Communications subscribers and via AT&T U-verse’s government and public television menu.
To access the full agenda for the June 3 session, click here.