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Starting Smarter family websites

Starting Smarter for the CAASPP, the California Assessment of Student Performance and Progress

Starting Smarter for the ELPAC, English Language Proficiency Assessments for California.

Using these websites, families can become involved in their child’s progress and:

  • Learn more about the performance areas in each subject and grade.
  • See sample test questions.
  • Prepare for parent-teacher conferences with a useful downloadable guide.
  • Access high-quality resources to support learning at home.


Local Control Accountability Plan-LCAP

2019-2020 LCAP Plan

To review a copy of the draft LCAP and Success Indicators, select the links below:

2019-20 Draft Local Control Accountability Plan*

2019-20 Goals and Success Indicators

2019-20 Actions and Expenditure Summary*

2019-20 Stakeholder Survey Results

2019-20 LCAP Executive Summary*

*Of note, the budget identified in the LCAP is not a separate budget independent of the District's General Fund budget. All revenues and expenditures identified within the LCAP are a subset of the District's existing General Fund budget.

Timeline and Key Activities

LCAP timeline

About LCAP

In Carlsbad Unified, our day-to-day work is driven by the goals outlined in our three-year strategic planning document, called the Local Control Accountability Plan, or LCAP. The LCAP is an important part of California’s Local Control Funding Formula (LCFF), established in 2014. The LCAP describes how school districts intend to meet annual goals for all students, with specific activities to address state and local priorities.

The California State PTA provides a comprehensive overview of LCFF/LCAP: click here for more info.

The process to develop and finalize the LCAP takes about 10 months, beginning in January each year. The LCAP is designed to be a rolling three-year plan.  

There are many ways for stakeholders to engage in the LCAP process, as you will see below. The Board of Trustees is tasked with collecting stakeholder input, identifying priorities for inclusion in the plan, and approving an annual budget to support the plan. The process below has been developed to ensure multiple opportunities for parents, staff, students, and community members to provide feedback on the plan. After receiving input from the community, it is up to the Board of Trustees to make the final decision on what our District priorities will be.

LCAP Process & Plan Infographics