The passage of the Local Control Funding Formula (LCFF), significantly changes how California funds, evaluates, and supports local educational agencies (LEAs). LEAs, defined as county offices of education, school districts, and charter schools, receive assistance through the System of Support to meet the needs of every student, with a focus on building capacity to sustain improvement and effectively address gaps in student opportunities and performance.

A key concept for the System of Support is that there is “No Wrong Door” from which LEAs may enter. All doors will lead to support, either directly or through a collaborative referral, and it will not be solely upon the LEA to navigate the system. The System of Support is based on a three-level framework. The first level is general assistance that provides resources and assistance that is made available to all local educational agencies. Differentiated assistance is the second level that one or more agency is required by statute to provide to LEAs that meet certain eligibility criteria. The third level is intensive intervention, which is generally required based on persistent performance issues over a specified period of time.

School districts were identified for differentiated assistance, the second level within the System of Support, for the first time with the new release of the California School Dashboard in 2017. More recently, following the release of the 2019 California School Dashboard, school districts are eligible to meet the three out of four consecutive school years, a requirement identified in the 3rd level of the System of Support.

The following Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) are intended to serve as a resource to better understand the three levels of the System of Support and the role of the CCEE in helping LEAs prior to transitioning to level three support (intensive intervention).