“The Local Control Funding Formula (LCFF) and Local Control and Accountability Plan (LCAP) process have created a new environment for educational decision-making in California. OCDE will provide support for districts and educators as they establish instructional goals and plans and align their resources with those goals.” --From the Orange County Department of Education Strategic Plan 2014-2019
1.What is OCDE’s role in assuring high quality education for all Orange County students? 2.What role is OCDE playing in assistance and accountability for OC school districts’ LCAPs? 3.How can 4 th District PTA in particular and parents in general contribute to making California’s new education initiatives work for OC students?
So what is the role of the Orange County Department of Education?
Mission The mission of the Orange County Department of Education (OCDE) is to ensure that all students are equipped with the competencies they need to thrive in the 21st century. OCDE is a public education organization offering support to 27 school districts and more than 600 schools and 20,000 educators serving more than 500,000 students in Orange County. OCDE’s personnel offer support, professional development, and student programs through its divisions and departments: Administrative Services, Alternative Education, Business Services, Career and Technical Education, Information Technology, Instructional Services, Legal Services, School and Community Services, and Special Education. Vision Orange County students will lead the nation in college and career readiness and success.
LCAP Timeline in a “Normal” Year July to Oct. Nov. to Jan. Feb. to March April to June Assess and Engage Draft and Consult Share and Respond Decide and Implement
LCFF Priorities Conditions for Learning Basic Services (1) Implementation of State Standards (2) Course Access (7) Additional Priorities for County Office of Education: Expelled Pupils (9) Foster Youth (10) Pupil Outcomes Pupil Achievement (4) Other Pupil Outcomes (8) Engagement Parent Involvement (3) Pupil Engagement (5) School Climate (6)
OCDE Assistance and Oversight Sessions with Superintendents, Assistant Superintendents, and Chief Business Officers Progress meetings with each district leadership team Trainings for district LCAP teams Professional development related to each priority Regular updates and interpretations of state regulations Review of drafts and feedback Final review based on the following criteria: – Is the LCAP aligned with the state priorities? – Does the LCAP follow the template? – Does the LCAP show the district budget aligning with the instructional goals they have established?
How can parents advocate? Source: School Services
How can parents advocate? Champion the academic standards Champion the LCFF/LCAP system Champion parent/community involvement Partner with teachers and administrators to achieve the priorities and goals for student learning Fulfill your mission: “To make every child’s potential a reality by engaging and empowering families and communities to advocate for all children.”
The Next Stage of LCAP Completion of this year’s cycle of activities and approvals Creation of the California Collaborative for Educational Excellence Creation and adoption of the LCAP Rubric (by October 1, 2015) Review and update of district LCAPs by July 1, 2015