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OUSD local accountability plan meeting, March 31

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By Kimberly Rivers, Ojai Valley News reporter
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On Thursday, March 31, from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m., the Ojai Unified School District Advisory Committee will meet at the OUSD district headquarters in downtown Ojai at 414 E. Ojai Ave. to review the district’s progress in meeting the year’s goals of the Local Control and Accountability Plan (LCAP) that relate to how district funds are being spent to improve student achievement. 

According to the California Department of Education the LCAP “is a three-year plan that describes the goals, actions, services, and expenditures to support positive student outcomes that address state and local priorities.” 

Goals of the current OUSD LCAP for the 2021-22 focus around improving student achievement and according to the plan that includes reducing the “points below standard” for test scores among OUSD students. (1)

According to the annual update for the current 2021-22 LCAP report students rank 18.4 points “below standard” for English-Language Arts per the state’s 2019 Dashboard data, and 45.8 points “below standard” for Mathematics for the same year. The LCAP also includes goals related to graduation, and rates and numbers of students graduating with having met the basic University of California entrance requirements or “A to Z” requirements. According to the LCAP in 2020 86.8% of students who should have graduated did complete the necessary requirements to do so. The district identifies a baseline of 90.6% graduation rate from the 2015-16 school year. 

According to the LCAP in the 2018-19 school year 50.34% of graduates from OUSD had met the basic requirements to be admitted to University of California schools. The district has recognized a baseline of 55% of graduates meeting those entrance requirements, which the district met in the 2016-17 school year. 

The LCAP identifies eight goals ranging from whole child, equity and innovation to facilities and financial programs. OUSD plans to spend “$30,076,274 for the 2021-22 school year. Of that amount, $2,990,000 is tied to actions/services in the LCAP and $27,086,274 is not included in the LCAP.” District expenses that are not included in the LCAP expenditures include:  Salaries and benefits for teachers, classified staff and administration; Special education costs, stipends, and extra hours; Facilities, maintenance, utilities, and operations costs; Materials, core textbooks, and contracted repairs/leases; Contracts for technology services and software programs that support OUSD operations (library system, payroll system, student information system, and educational data, etc.). (1) 

According to the agenda for the previous meeting on Feb. 17, 2022, the goal and purpose of the District Advisory Committee is to to ensure the: Meaningful engagement of parents, students, and other educational partners, that represent students qualifying for free/reduced lunch, English learners and foster youth, is a state priority and key component of the Local Control Accountability Plan (LCAP) development process. The DAC shall review, advise, and comment, when the Superintendent presents the LCAP to the committee. Members of the DAC will include School Site Council members from each site, Spanish-preferred parents, and parents/guardians of low income students and foster youth.

Information on the meeting is online at: https://www.ojaiusd.org/events?id=10598251

  1. A report of the 2019-20 OUSD LCAP for developing the 2021-22 LCAP: https://core-docs.s3.amazonaws.com/documents/asset/uploaded_file/1344692/LCAP.pdf
  2. OUSD Board goals for the 2021-22 year: https://drive.google.com/file/d/1JJ0bnnY9Aw5wFOLSOckSgpXKuwPYrL21/view

 

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