By Richard Bammer
A key element of Gov. Jerry Brown’s Local Control Funding Formula, LCAPs lay out in detail what educators, governing boards, and teachers must do to educate students and how they are going to measure results.
Among other things, accountability plans mandate meetings with community stakeholders and give more power to principals and boards of trustees as they seek to focus on student achievement for all and narrow the so-called “achievement gap,” the difference in standardized test outcomes between various ethnic groups.
Already underway, the district’s plan comes as most states, including California, are beginning to put into place the new Common Core State Standards, what students are expected to know at each grade level, another historic change in American education.