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Lawndale ESD |  BP  0420  Philosophy, Goals, Objectives and Comprehensive Plans

School Plans/Site Councils   

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The Board of Trustees encourages employees, students, parents/guardians and other members of the school community to participate in the development of school plans designed to meet the specific educational needs of students at individual school sites. The Board may approve or disapprove school plans as necessary in order to fulfill the district's mission, accomplish the Board's adopted goals and/or comply with legal requirements.

The Board of Trustees believes that comprehensive planning at each district school that is aligned with the district's local control and accountability plan (LCAP) is necessary in order to focus school improvement efforts on student academic achievement and facilitate the effective use of district resources. The Superintendent or designee shall ensure that school plans provide clear direction and identify cohesive strategies aligned with school and district goals.

The Superintendent or designee shall further ensure that the supplemental and concentration grant portions of the Local Control Funding Formula (LCFF) will be used in accordance with state regulations, with a goal of increasing or improving services for English learners, foster youth, and students eligible for free and reduced-price meals. (Education Code 42238.01-42251)

(cf. 0000 - Vision)

(cf. 0200 - Goals for the School District)

(cf. 0400 - Comprehensive Plans)

(cf. 0460 - Local Control and Accountability Plan)

(cf. 0420.5 - School-Based Decision Making)

(cf. 1220 - Citizen Advisory Committees)

(cf. 6020 - Parent Involvement)

For any school that participates in specified state and/or federal categorical programs, the school site council or other school-wide advisory committee shall consolidate the plans required for those categorical programs into a single plan for student achievement (SPSA). As appropriate, a school may incorporate any other school plan into the SPSA. (Education Code 64001)

(cf. 1220 - Citizen Advisory Committees)

(cf. 1431 - Waivers)

(cf. 6020 - Parent Involvement)

(cf. 6171 - Title I Programs)

(cf. 6174 - Education for English Language Learners)

(cf. 6190 - Evaluation of the Instructional Program)

When submitting a consolidated application for state and federal categorical programs to the California Department of Education, the Superintendent or designee shall assure that a single plan for student achievement has been prepared for each participating school in accordance with law. (Education Code 64001)

The Superintendent or designee shall review each school's SPSA to ensure that it meets the content requirements for all programs included, is based on an analysis of current practices and student academic performance, and reasonably links improvement strategies to identified needs of the school and students. He/she shall submit to the Board his/her recommendations for plan approval or revision. He/she shall also ensure that specific actions included in the district's LCAP are consistent with the strategies identified in each school's SPSA.

The Board shall review and approve each school's SPSA and any subsequent material revisions affecting the academic programs for students participating in the categorical programs addressed in the SPSA. The Board shall certify that, to the extent allowable under federal law, the SPSA is consistent with district local improvement plans required as a condition of receiving federal funding. Any such review and approval shall be at a regularly scheduled Board meeting. (Education Code 64001)

The Superintendent or designee shall ensure that schools desiring to participate in categorical programs establish and maintain a school site council. Such councils shall be responsible for the development, review and modification of school plans and for other duties as prescribed by law. The Superintendent or designee shall ensure that school administrators and school site council members receive training on the roles and responsibilities of the site council.

Whenever the Board does not approve a school's SPSA, it shall communicate its specific reasons for disapproval of the plan to the school site council or committee. The school site council or committee shall then revise and resubmit the SPSA to the Board for its approval. (Education Code 52855)

Legal Reference:


52-53 Designation of schools

33133 Information guide for school site councils

35147 Open meeting laws exceptions

41540-41544 Targeted instructional improvement block grants

52060-52077 Local control and accountability plan

52176 Advisory committees

52852 School site councils

54000-54028 Educationally Disadvantaged Youth Programs

54425 Advisory committees (compensatory education)

56000-56867 Special education

64000 Categorical programs included in consolidated application

64001 Single school plan for student achievement, consolidated application programs


3930-3937 Compliance plans


6311 Accountability, adequate yearly progress

6312-6319 Title I programs; plans

6421-6472 Programs for neglected, delinquent, and at-risk children and youth

6601-6651 Teacher and Principal Training and Recruitment program

6801-7014 Limited English proficient and immigrant students

7101-7165 Safe and Drug-Free Schools and Communities

7341-7355c Rural Education Initiative

Management Resources:


A Guide for Developing the Single Plan for Student Achievement: A Resource for the School Site Council, February 2014


California Healthy Kids Survey

California School Climate Survey


California Department of Education, Single Plan for Student Achievement:

U.S. Department of Education:



adopted: February 16, 2016 Lawndale, California