Strengthening Local K–12 Accountability: The Role of County Offices of Education

Strengthening Local K–12 Accountability: The Role of County Offices of Education
August 11, 2016 Stuart Foundation

Strengthening the role of county offices could help bolster the state’s school improvement and support system. By clarifying county office authority to oversee district accountability plans and work with underperforming districts, the state can give the new accountability process its best chance of improving student outcomes in California.

This report examines the new role of county offices and offers recommendations to strengthen the LCAP process. In general, county superintendents think the Local Control Funding Formula (LCFF)—the 2013 law that established this new financial and accountability system—is working as intended. Yet there is an undercurrent of concern about the quality and impact of district plans. A few districts have responded to LCFF by complying with state requirements without using the planning process as an opportunity to try and improve student outcomes.

 

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