DEPARTMENT OF SUPPLEMENTAL SERVICES
1450 Herndon – Clovis, CA 93611-0599 – (559) 327-9086 FAX (559) 327-9569
CUSD Local Agency Educational Plan (LEAP)
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. CUSD 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 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.
- 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.
The approval of a LEAP by the local school board and State Board of Education is a requirement for receiving federal funding subgrants for NCLB programs. The CUSD Governing Board approves the LEAP on an Annual basis. The LEAP was also reviewed with parent input with parent groups such as; School Site Council (SSC), School Assessment Review Team (SART), Migrant Education Parent Advisory Committee, Indian Education Parent Advisory Committee and District English Language Advisory Council (DELAC), District advisory Committee (DAC) and Private Schools within CUSD attendance boundaries for review and input.
The CUSD LEA Plan includes specific descriptions and assurances as outlined in the provisions included in NCLB. In essence, LEA Plan 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 (SPSA) developed by each school in CUSD. The LEAP will be presented to various stakeholder groups, schools departments and approved by our CUSD Governing Board.
In developing CUSD’s LEA Plan, the Task Force reviewed demographics, School Accountability Report Cards (SARC), the Standardized Testing and Reporting (STAR) performance results, school and community input, the Academic Performance Index (API) results, Title III AMAOs and other local and state data sources. These data streams allowed CUSD to review our own information from these resources and use it to inform the planning process. The CUSD LEAP is available at each school site and posted on the CUSD Web Page.