We Are An Oversight Agency
Responsibilities of the County Superintendent are outlined in the Education Code and include monitoring and oversight of district fiscal stability and the student academic environment.
District Budget Oversight (AB1200)
Under AB1200, the County Superintendent reviews the interim reports and the adopted budget of each school district and determines if the district budget allows the district to meet its financial obligations and multi-year financial commitments.
AB1200 is a statewide plan for county offices of education and school districts to improve fiscal procedures, standards, and accountability. It was established to ensure fiscal solvency throughout the state’s school system following a number of district bankruptcies requiring state bailouts.
If a district has failed to meet state requirements the Superintendent may intervene, typically by calling for additional fiscal expertise to assist a district.
To learn more about district budget oversight, please visit ACOE's District Business and Advisory Services page.
The Local Control and Accountability Plan (LCAP) outlines how a district will spend state funds to support all students, with an emphasis on English learner, low-income, and foster youth students in eight priority areas. Districts must develop and adopt a three-year LCAP and annual updates to the plan with goals and actions for students clearly tied to budget expenditures. County Superintendents are responsible for reviewing and approving or denying district LCAP plans.
ACOE is the local agency approved by the California Commission on Teacher Credentialing (CCTC) to register the credentials of individuals hired by districts. We provide support services for administrative, teaching, and special education credentials, as well as permits and certificates.
"Williams Legislation" are a set of laws resulting from the Williams lawsuit settlement that seeks to ensure that all California students have equal access to the basics of a quality education: textbooks and instructional materials, safe and decent school facilities, and qualified teachers. Williams Legislation sets clear standards and holds schools accountable for meeting them through a monitoring and reporting process.
The lowest performing schools in the state (ranked in deciles one to three on the Base Academic Performance Index) are monitored by County Superintendents to ensure that quality standards are implemented. The overall condition of facilities, the availability of textbooks and instructional materials, and the number of teacher misassignments and vacancies must be reported in annual School Accountability Report Cards (SARCs) available to parents and the public. A Uniform Complaint Process allows for parents, students, teachers, and others to use to report when schools are not meeting the standards set.