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Local Control Accountability Plan (LCAP) = Excellence through Equity

The Local Control Funding Formula (LCFF) was adopted in California for public education in 2013. This plan allocates funds based on specific student needs and allows maximum flexibility at the local district level.

As part of LCFF, school districts now develop, adopt and update a three-year plan called the LCAP. Part of the development of the LCAP includes garnering input and feedback from community stakeholder groups, staff, parents and students. The LCAP has eight components that are identified here from the California State PTA website.

The LCAP plan is the roadmap of the Excellence through Equity plan approved by the SMMUSD Board of Education in 2016. The Board of Education and district leadership under the direction of Superintendent Dr. Ben Drati are working to achieve educational and extracurricular access and equity for all students.

LCAP Annual Update 2018-19

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LCAP Annual Update 2017-18

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Three-Pronged Approach to Equity through Excellence
Superintendent Dr. Ben Drati
August 2017

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State of Our Schools presentation
Superintendent Dr. Ben Drati
Spring 2017

El estado de nuestras escuelas
Superintendent Dr. Ben Drati
Primavera 2017

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LCAP Plan Update 2017-2020

Local Control and Accountability Plan and Annual Update 2018-2019
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LCAP Three Year Plan Update 05/31/17

Local Control and Accountability Plan and Annual Update
July 1, 2017 - June 30, 2020
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LCAP Three Year Plan

Local Control and Accountability Plan and Annual Update
July 1, 2016 - June 30, 2019
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LCAP Goals

  1. All graduates are socially just and ready for college and careers
  2. English Learners will become proficient in English while engaging in a rigorous, culturally and linguistically responsive standards-aligned core curriculum
  3. All students and families engage in safe, well-maintained schools that are culturally responsive and conducive to 21st century learning

 LCAP Priorities


Extraordinary achievement for all while simultaneously closing the achievement gap.


We make decisions and allocate resources with “students first” in mind.

We meet our students where they are and provide the necessary resources and attention to make all students successful.

We engage students in meaningful, rigorous and relevant educational experiences where they are inspired, supported, challenged and motivated.

We are stronger when we collaborate, dialogue and listen to each other in a civil, productive way, to improve outcomes for our students.

We respect and value our diverse student and staff population as an integral part of our learning community.

We work and dialogue with each other in a respectful manner, setting the example for our students of how civil discourse leads to positive outcomes.


Student Achievement

· Provide inclusive, engaging and culturally-responsive Tier I instruction to our diverse, PreK-12 student population.*

· Align our curriculum to the California standards.*

· Work in highly-effective teams to support teaching and learning.

· Integrate College and Career Readiness, Technology and 21st Century Skills throughout the curriculum.*

· Implement an ethnic studies/American culture curriculum such that all high school students have a common academic experience prior to graduation.

· Implement a set of early warning indicators aligned to multi-tiered, systematic responses.*

Human Resources Development

· Recruit a highly-qualified staff that mirrors our student demographics.*

· Retain staff by providing a positive work climate, recognition and effective evaluations.*

· Collaborate with SMMCTA, SEIU, and other partners to build staff capacity.*

· Support and develop effective school and district leadership through coaching.*

School Connectedness

· Include anti-bullying and social-emotional supports within the curriculum.*

· Strengthen health and wellness services to our students.

· Create positive school climate and school connectedness.*

· Develop systems that support positive student behavior and implement restorative means of correction.*

Resource and Facility Management

· Develop a long-term facility plan.

· Ensure facilities are safe, sustainable and well-maintained.

· Prepare our school communities for emergencies and disasters.

· Attain and maintain a balanced and fiscally-responsible budget.

Parent and Community Partnerships

· Engage families meaningfully to support student learning with an emphasis on historically under-represented parents.*

· Communicate news and information to staff, parents and the community.*

· Collaborate with city, education, business and philanthropic partners.

· Provide quality customer service throughout the district.

* Recommended by Dr. Pedro Noguera

Dr. Pedro Noguera
SMMUSD began working with Dr. Noguera and his team in fall 2015 to develop an action plan to assist the district in taking the next best steps to address achievement gaps in the district and further current equity and access work. The first phase of this work was an equity review, completed and presented to the district in spring 2016. For the review, the team visited each school in the district and gathered data to examine trends across the district so that they can make school-specific and district-wide recommendations. The team visited classrooms and spoke with staff and student focus groups.

Dr. Noguera made a special presentation on April 7, 2016 to the SMMUSD Board of Education, City officials, staff, and community members addressing his findings and recommendations. Click on the links below to read the reports, view the slide show of his presentation, and to watch videos of Dr. Noguera's presentation and the subsequent Q & A session.

Superintendent Sandra Lyon Talks with Dr. Pedro Noguera

Before Dr. Pedro Noguera and his team began their investigation into how to best implement educational equity and access for all Santa Monica Malibu-Unified School District students, Superintendent Sandra Lyon sat down with the esteemed educatior for a discussion about the problems and the process involved.

Click on the video to the left to view their fascinating and informative conversation. (Running time 11:49)

Excellence through Equity Action Plan

December 15, 2016 - Read the Plan.

Presentation of Action Plan

Video Presentation

Slideshow - 11/17/16
Slideshow - 10/20/16
Slideshow - 09/22/16
Presentation starts at the 29:57 mark

Presentation & Slide Show

Videos of Presentation

Executive Summary (English)
Introduction (Running time 8:45)
Executive Summary (en español) Presentation (Running time 54:48)
Full Report Question & Answer Session (Running time 1:32:0)
Slide Show Presentation
Slide Show Presentation (en español)

Santa Monica-Malibu Unified School District
1651 16th Street
Santa Monica, California 90404