Addendum to LCAP to fill in for federal accountability

Addendum to LCAP to fill in for federal accountability

(Calif.) As the legislative and regulatory tangles surrounding the Every Student Succeeds Act begin to unwind, local educational agencies in California will be required later this year to file yet another disclosure report.

Officials at the California Department of Education and the state board have already agreed that they will wait until the final date to submit the required ESSA State Plan–September 18.

As a result, state school chief Tom Torlakson notified LEAs this week that the 2017-18 school year will be considered transitional for federal accountability purposes for the third year in a row.

That doesn’t mean, however, that the CDE is going to allow LEAs to drift sideways on a myriad of compliance indicators that federal law and regulations are still expected to be enforced.

In order to make that accommodation–despite all the uncertainty surrounding the new administration taking over the White House and a new Secretary of Education–the CDE and the state board plan to call on districts to file what they are calling is the Local Educational Agency Plan LCAP Addendum.

Thus, for the 2017-18 school year, despite being transitional for ESSA purposes, LEAs will be required to meet the mandates called for in the LCAP, the LCAP Addendum and the Consolidated Application Reporting System.

The CDE notes that all LEAs must submit certifications of the required ESSA assurances through CARS during the spring collection period.

LEAs scheduled for Federal Program Monitoring during the 2017–18 school year will pilot the LCAP Addendum in 2017–18.

LEAs applying for Title III funds will pilot the Title III section of the LCAP Addendum in 2017–18.

LEAs not applying for Title III funds or scheduled for FPM during the 2017–18 school year are encouraged, but not required, to pilot the appropriate sections of the LCAP Addendum.

The CDE anticipates that the LCAP Addendum will be made available in spring 2017.

The Torlakson memo provided guidance on a number of federal programs going forward including School Choice, Parental Notification and LEAs that are technically still in corrective action.

As far as fiscal planning goes, the CDE said they do not expect a final federal budget to be passed until the end of April–which is when states will likely be able to provide LEAs with preliminary entitlement information.

The CDE reminded LEAs that district allocation continues to be driven primarily by the U.S. Census Bureau’s annual poverty and population estimates. As in the past, the said, some districts may experience increases and others may experience decreases due to changes in their estimated poverty and population counts.

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