What is the LEAP?

Local Educational Agency Plan (LEAP)



What is the LEAP?

The approval of a LEAP by the local governing board and the State Board of Education is a requirement for receiving federal funding.  The LEAP is a five-year plan that describes the educational services for all students that can be used to guide implementation of federal and state-funded programs, the allocation of resources, and reporting requirements.

Who develops the LEAP?

The District Advisory Committee (DAC), comprised of teachers, administrators, parents, students, and community members; the DAC is responsible for recommending the LEAP to the board for approval, monitoring its implementation, and evaluating the effectiveness of the planned actions.

LEAP Specifics

1.       Federal law requires that site administrators, teachers, and parents from the LEA must be consulted in the planning, development, and revision of the LEAP.

2.       The DAC must develop and approve the LEAP for using federal and state program funds approved through the Consolidated Application.

3.       The LEAP should be periodically reviewed and updated as needed, but at least annually.

4.       The LEAP should align with the LCAP and be submitted for approval by the governing board.

5.       The LEAP details actions the District will take to address the following:

a.        Improvement of student performance in reading and mathematics

b.       Improvement of programs for English Learners

c.        Improvement of professional development and the provision of highly qualified teachers

d.       Provision of safe and drug-free learning environments

e.       Promotion of efforts addressing graduation rates, dropout prevention, and Advanced Placement

Six (6) Recommended Steps for Developing the LEAP

1.       Measure the effectiveness of current improvement strategies.

2.       Seek input from staff, advisory committees (DPAC, DELAC, SSC, etc.), and community members.

3.       Develop or revise performance goals.

4.       Revise improvement strategies and expenditures.

5.       Obtain approval from the governing board.

6.       Monitor implementation to verify achievement of performance targets.

What is the LCAP?

The Local Control Accountability Plan (LCAP) is a critical part of California’s new Local Control Funding Formula (LCFF). It is a three-year district-level plan that is updated annually. The LCAP describes the District’s key goals for students as well as the specific actions (with expenditures) the district will take to achieve the goals, and the means (metrics) used to measure progress.