Welcome to the 2014-2015 school year!
It is an exciting time to be in education. Last year, Governor Brown enacted sweeping changes to school district funding with the Local Control Funding Formula (LCFF). The new formula gives school districts additional funds, or supplemental grants, for students who are English learners (EL), socio-economically disadvantaged or foster youth. In Modesto City Schools, approximately 74% of students fall into one or more of those categories.
As part of the LCFF, we created a Local Control and Accountability Plan (LCAP) describing our goals and how we plan to improve student outcomes over the next three years. We solicited feedback from a variety of stakeholders, then reviewed and compiled the feedback to create the plan. The Board of Education held a hearing for public comment on our LCAP in May and approved the plan in June. The 2014-2017 LCAP is available on our website.
We have 15 new collaboration days - afternoons dedicated to one-hour collaboration activities for our teachers. Although the collaboration days mean a minimum day for students, new bell schedules ensure our students receive the same amount of instructional minutes as last year.
Also new this year is the full implementation of the Common Core State Standards. Over the last two years our teachers have studied, learned and piloted lessons aligned with the standards. Teachers will continue to receive professional development on the new standards throughout this year.
Please make the time to be involved in your student's education. Studies show that parent involvement positively affects student achievement, contributes to higher quality education and better performance of schools overall. Talk with your student's teacher about ways you can help your child have a successful school year.
Let's make it a great year!
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Local Control and Accountability Plan Approved by Board of Education
The Board of Education approved the Local Control and Accountability Plan (LCAP) at the June 16, 2014 Board of Education meeting.
The Local Control and Accountability Plan (LCAP) is a new state requirement as part of the historic new Local Control Funding Formula (LCFF). The LCAP describes our goals, and how we plan to improve student outcomes over the next three years.
In order to complete the LCAP, we engaged a variety of stakeholders, including our Board of Education, local interest groups, staff, community leaders, students and parents. We held 14 meetings January through March, and posted a survey online to solicit feedback. All feedback is available on the LCFF page.
We wrote the LCAP using the feedback gathered from the meetings and the approximately 160 survey responses. Staff presented the LCAP draft to the Parent Advisory Group (comprised of the District Advisory Committee (DAC) and the District English Learner Advisory Committee (DELAC)) on April 15, and used their feedback to update the draft. The last step prior to Board of Education approval was a public hearing and review of the draft at the May 19 Board of Education meeting.
To provide information on how our students are currently performing, we designed data dashboards for our high school (9-12) and elementary (K-8) students that reflect important data points. Click on the data dashboards below to access this information. More detailed information about each data point can be seen by placing your cursor over the data set.
To learn more about LCFF, click here.