Local Educational Agency Plan (LEAP)
The No Child Left Behind (NCLB) Act of 2001 embodies four key principles:
- Stronger accountability for results;
- Greater flexibility and local control for states, school districts, and schools in the use of federal funds
- Enhanced parental choice for parents of children from disadvantaged backgrounds, and
- A focus on what works, emphasizing teaching methods that have been demonstrated to be effective.
In May 2002, California’s State Board of Education (SBE) demonstrated the state’s commitment to the development of an accountability system to achieve the goals of NCLB by adopting five Performance Goals:
- All students will reach high standards, at a minimum attaining proficiency or better in reading and mathematics, by 2013-2014.
- All limited-English-proficient students will become proficient in English and reach high academic standards, at a minimum attaining proficiency or better in reading/language arts and mathematics.
- By 2005-2006, all students will be taught by highly qualified teachers.
- All students will be educated in learning environments that are safe, drug-free, and conducive to learning.
- All students will graduate from high school.
State and federally funded initiatives aimed at improving student achievement must complement each other and work in tandem in order to have the greatest impact. In California, the state and federal consolidated applications, competitive grants, the state accountability system, the Categorical Program Monitoring process, Local Educational Agency Plans (LEAP), professional development opportunities, and technical assistance all are moving toward a level of alignment and streamlining. The result of this consolidation will be to provide a cohesive, comprehensive, and focused effort for supporting and improving the state’s lowest-performing schools and appropriate reporting mechanisms. KUSD has worked to develop a single, coordinated, and comprehensive 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. The development of such a plan involves a continuous cycle of assessment, parent and community involvement, planning, implementation, monitoring, and evaluation.
The approval of a LEAP by Committees and local school board and State Board of Education is a requirement for receiving federal funding subgrants for NCLB programs. The KUSD Governing Board approves the LEAP on an Annual basis. The LEAP was also shared with and approved by parent groups such as; School Site Council (SSC), Migrant Education Parent Advisory Committee, School English Language Advisory Committee (ELAC), and District English Language Advisory Council (DELAC).
The KUSD LEA Plan includes specific descriptions and assurances as outlined in the provisions included in NCLB. In essence, LEA Plans describe the actions that LEAs will take to ensure that they meet certain programmatic requirements, including student academic services designed to increase student achievement and performance, coordination of services, needs assessments, consultations, school choice, supplemental services, services to homeless students, and others as required. In addition, LEA Plans summarize assessment data, school goals and activities from the Single Plans for Student Achievement developed by each school in KUSD.
In developing KUSD’s Plan, stakeholders reviewed a wide range of information such as demographics and the School Accountability Report Cards (SARC). The Standardized Testing and Reporting (STAR) Program that was based on 1997 standards has been in transition. Signed into law on October 2, 2013, Assembly Bill 484 launched a new student testing system for California’s schools, now called the California Assessment of Student Performance and Progress (CAASPP). The primary purpose of the CAASPP assessment system is to assist teachers, administrators, and pupils and their parents by promoting high quality teaching and learning through the use of a variety of assessment approaches and item types, The provisions of AB 484 took effect on January 1, 2014. This called for the transition to a system of assessments and assessment tools that cover the full breadth and depth of the curriculum and promote the teaching of the full curriculum. This transition will take several years to complete. The CAASPP system is based on the state’s new California Common Core State Standards (CA CCSS) for English-language arts (ELA) and mathematics, adopted by the State Board of Education in 2010. Title III AMAOs and other local and state data sources. These data streams allowed KUSD to review our own information from these resources and use it to inform the planning process.
If you would like additional information on the Local Educational Agency Plan (LEAP), please call the Department of State & Federal Programs at (559) 843 - 9051. The California Department of Education offers additional information at the CDE Web Site at http://www.cde.ca.gov/nclb/sr/le/