Date of Award

Winter 2-28-2017

Document Type

Dissertation - Brandman access only

Degree Name

Doctor of Education (EdD)

Department

Organizational Leadership

First Advisor

Philip Pendley, Ed.D.

Second Advisor

Jonathon Greenberg, Ed.D.

Third Advisor

Chris Kueng, Ed.D.

Abstract

Purpose: The purpose of this mixed methods Policy Delphi study was to determine the practices experts identify as effective for utilizing supplemental and concentration funds in accordance with the “principally directed” mandate of LCFF, to determine how the experts rated the effectiveness of the different practices, and to determine what strategies experts recommend for implementation of the five practices identified as most effective.

Methodology: The Delphi method was utilized in order to gather data from an expert panel of County Office of Education Administrators that have been engaged in reviewing Local Control and Accountability Plans in California. For purposes of this Policy Delphi study, an electronic questionnaire was distributed in three rounds to determine what practices COE administrators identify has effective for utilizing supplemental and concentration funds in accordance with the “principally directed” mandate of LCFF. Additionally, the study identified the strategies recommended for implementation of the five practices identified as most effective.

Findings: Analysis of the first round of data resulted in an expert panel identifying eighteen practices, which were narrowed down in the second round to the five most effective practices for utilizing supplemental funds and the five most effective practices for utilizing concentration funds. The expert panel then identified strategies in the third round for the implementation of each of the ten practices identified as most effective.

Conclusions: According to the expert panel, districts should establish an interdepartmental LCAP team in order to develop and implement their LCAP, ensure their teams are trained in the new California School Dashboard and the LCAP template, and ensure an effective accountability system is in place within the district to monitor the LCAP actions and services to ensure an improvement in student outcomes and return on investment.

Recommendations: Four areas of further research were recommended to increase the body of knowledge related to LCAP and the “principally directed” mandate of LCFF.

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