Understanding School Funding, the Local Control and Accountability Plan (LCAP) and the Local Control Funding Formula (LCFF). 


The Local Control and Accountability Plan (LCAP) is the District’s interactive budgeting process, which helps IUSD identify annual goals, develop strategic actions, and measure progress on academic achievement, school climate and parent engagement.


On June 22, 2021, the IUSD Board of Education approved the LCAP and budget for 2021-22. Throughout the 10-month LCAP process, IUSD engaged parents, students, teachers, staff and the community to help identify priorities for creating a better learning system for our more than 35,000 students. Thank you to the stakeholders who participated in this collaborative process. To view the 2021-22 LCAP, click here. 

The Budget Overview for Parents is designed to be a cover for the LCAP document featuring language that is accessible to parents and includes visuals and graphics.  The document appears before the LCAP document in the link above.

Key stakeholder questions and answers regarding the 2021-22 LCAP were addressed by Superintendent Terry Walker. The document is available by clicking here.

Proposed Renewed INVESTMENTS 2021-22:

After review and careful consideration of stakeholder feedback during the prioritization process, the Superintendent and Cabinet designated one of the funding plans below for each LCAP action scheduled to end in 2021 in order to further support our four district goals and eight state priorities:

  • Move into ongoing funding
  • Maintain with additional one-time funding
  • Reduce funding
  • Fund with alternative funding sources outside of the LCAP

In addition to having stakeholders participate in discussions and activities at the site level, stakeholders provided feedback in our April LCAP Investment Survey.  The survey results showed support for the LCAP actions as designed.   Survey results were shared with department leaders and Cabinet for consideration in designing the final LCAP which was presented to the board and community for final approval at the June 22nd Board Meeting.


Adequate funding is critical to achieve IUSD's goal to provide students with the best educational experience we can envision. Click here to view the District's Legislative Priorities for more information.


Beginning in 2013-14, the state of California brought major changes to the way school funding is allocated, with the goal of channeling greater resources to the students who need them the most. This new funding is called Local Control Funding Formula (LCFF) and the Local Control and Accountability Plan (LCAP). Under California's previous system for funding K-12 schools, there were more than 40 funding categories, each for a specific purpose identified by the state. The LCFF model has established three sources of state funding with increased local control to determine the best use of those funds.

  • Per-Student Base Funding - The district receives a base level of per-student funding that varies slightly depending on the grade level of each student.
  • Supplemental Funding - This funding source adds 20 percent to the base funding for each English language learner, low income student and foster youth.
  • Concentration Funding - The third level of funding is equal to 50 percent of the entire base. However, this funding is only received if a district's enrollment of English language learners, low income students and foster youths exceeds 55 percent of its total enrollment. IUSD does not receive this third level of funding, because its enrollment does not exceed the 55 percent threshold.

California accountability model and school dashboard

California's new accountability and continuous improvement system provides information about how local educational agencies and schools are meeting the needs of California's diverse student population based on a concise set of measures.


  1. California School Dashboard Report--The Dashboard contains reports that display the performance of local educational agencies (LEAs), schools, and student groups on a set of state and local measures to assist in identifying strengths, challenges, and areas in need of improvement.
  2. California Model Five-by-Five Grid Placement Reports--California's new accountability and continuous improvement system is based on a five-by-five colored table that produces 25 results using five colors.  The reports display the schools' (by district) and student groups' placement on the five-by-five colored tables.
  3. College/Career Indicator Reports and Data--The College/Career Indicator uses multiple measures to provide a performance level based on the number of students who are likely prepared for success after high school.  This report displays the number of students that met each of the CCI measures in the Prepared and Approaching Prepared Levels.

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Due to COVID-19 pandemic, state law suspended the reporting of state and local indicators on the 2020 California School Dashboard.  However, available data that would have been included in the California School Dashboard is reported on the department's websites if they were determined to be valid and reliable.