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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

Final LCP Plan

The Board of Trustees approved the final LCP Plan on September 23, 2020.  The final plan can be viewed from the link below:

2020-2021 LCP Draft Plan

Dear Stakeholders:

We have posted a copy of our draft Learning Accountability and Attendance Plan (LCP).  The Learning Continuity and Attendance Plan (LCP) documents the efforts the district will take in 2020/2021 to:

  • Provide continuity of learning

  • Address the impact of COVID-19 on pupils, staff, and the community

  • Provide classroom-based instruction and distance learning

  • Support students who have experienced learning loss due to school closures

  • Support students’ mental health, and social/emotional well-being

  • Provide school nutrition for students attending school in-person and through distance learning

  • Provide professional development for teachers and staff to support distance learning and social distancing practices


An email address has been established at to receive any additional input from members of the public regarding the draft LCP.   

The Carlsbad Unified School District will also be holding a Public Hearing as noted:  


Public Hearing Information

Date: Wednesday, September 9, 2020

Time: 6:00 PM

Location: Carlsbad Unified School District Education Center 6225 El Camino Real, Carlsbad via Youtube Live Steam

If you would like to provide a written public comment at the Board Meeting here are the instructions.

To review a copy of the draft LCAP along with CUSD’s 2018-19 Success Indicators, click the links below

2020-21 Draft Learning Continuity Attendance Plan (LCP)*

2020-21 Draft Actions and Expenditure 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.


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