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Accountability and flexibility are hallmarks of Gwinnett County Public Schools' success. Key to that success is ensuring that each school community understands the progress being made by its schools, as well as what plans will drive improvement. Each school creates a collaborative Local School Plan for Improvement (LSPI) to increase student achievement results, with targeted goals based on the four strategic priorities within the district’s Blueprint for the Future: Empathy, Equity, Effectiveness, and Excellence. All schools across the district will focus on goals 2A- Multi-tiered Systems of Support and 2B- Opportunity and Access. Additionally, schools are required to select one goal from each of the other strategic priorities. LSPI goals are dynamic, like our schools, and are updated to reflect changes that occur in schools. Multiple data points are used to determine areas needing improvement and to identify specific, measurable, annual objectives. Schools then determine how to use research-based strategies to achieve these goals, using flexibility as needed. The LSPI development process involves teachers, parents, students, and community members, so the entire school community has the opportunity to be involved in conversations about school improvement.


2023 - 2024 Local School Plan for Improvement (LSPI)

School: COOPER ELEMENTARY SCHOOL           Principal: Paul Willis

District Strategic Priorities/Goals Rationale Action Steps
(Implementation Design)
How will you measure growth?
Growth Factors (Baseline & Targets)
Empathy 1.A - Cultural Competence

We believe EACH & EVERY student has and brings value to our school   We realize the importance of getting to know EACH & EVERY student and their unique gifts, talents, and needs so that we can better serve them.

  1. Leverage our annual International Night event to connect and engage our students, parents, staff, and community.
  2. Extend our STREAK initiative to include more lateral and vertical student engagement opportunities.
  3. Continue to build our school's Cultural Awareness Team by planning activities to recognize and celebrate the contributions of people groups and cultures throughout the school year.
  4. Continue to raise the awareness of our faculty and staff about different cultural events, religious holidays, observations, and celebrations that may impact our students and families.

EES Student Survey Data

I am comfortable interacting with people from a different racial or ethnic background.

2023 Baseline: 64%

2024 Goal: 73%

I can communicate effectively to a variety of people/audiences.

2023 Baseline: 53%

2024 Goal: 65%

I feel good about my cultural or ethnic background.

2023 Baseline: 81%

2023 Goal: 86%

Equity 2.A - Multi-tiered System of Supports

Cooper Elementary School recognizes that EACH & EVERY student has academic and behavioral strengths and challenges.  Identifying an individual student's strengths and challenges allows us to provide targeted interventions and extensions to support the whole child.

  1. The school will administer a district provided universal screener for reading and math in order to measure base line, midyear, and end of year data points
  2. Administer, evaluate, and disaggregate Student Wellness data after each administration
  3. The team will meet monthly to review available data and discuss academic, behavior, and attendance information for identified at-risk students
  4. The team will provide targeted interventions for identified students in the areas of academics, behavioral, and/or attendance
  5. Implement PBIS Year 1 with schoolwide roll out and the beginning of the schoolwide token economy and incentive system
  6. Provide Thinking Skills segments to identified students in kindergarten and first grade

Move students from Tier 3 and Tier 2 to Tier 2 and Tier 1 as determined by iReady Tier Information, Fall & Spring Administrations for reading and math

2023 Baseline: 50% of students in Tier 1, 40% of students in Tier 2, and 10% of students in Tier 3

2024 Goal: 75% of students in Tier 1, 21% of students in Tier 2, 4% of students in Tier 3


Increase the number of Navigate 360 or similar behavioral interventions provided to students assigned to OR

2023 Baseline: 32 Interventions/Opportunities

2024 Goal: 60 Interventions/Opportunities


Reduce the number of GCPS Referrals written

2023 Baseline: 78

2024 Goal: 50


Reduce the amount of students disciplined (Principal Dashboard)

2023 Baseline: 59

2024 Goal: 44


Reduce the amount of discipline incidents (Principal Dashboard)

2023 Baseline: 106

2024 Goal: 80


Reduce the amount of students missing 11 or more days of school (Principal Dashboard)

2023 Baseline: 26%

2024 Goal: 18%


Increase the number of students identified as being eligible for gifted services (Principal Dashboard)

2023 Baseline: 11%

2024 Goal: 13%




Equity 2.B - Opportunity and Access

Cooper Elementary School will expand student opportunities to access and engage in high-quality and culturally relevant curriculum and activities to enrich their classroom learning.

  1. Implement the EL Education program for reading and writing
  2. Increase academic rigor for high achieving and identified gifted students
  3. Provide academic-themed nights for parents to learn how to connect and engage their child at home
  4. Expand opportunities for parents to engage with the school through observation opportunities, volunteer opportunities, and event participation
  5. Expand the Play 2 Learn program by serving more families
  6. Provide focused interventions for students identified 'at-risk' by available data, including Navigate 360, Read 180, SPIRE, Nearpod, and individual SEL lessons

EL Learning Implementation

Learning Walk Data to establish baseline


Parent Engagement/Parent Involvement

 Number of parents participating in school events, activities

2023 Baseline: Not Determined

2024 Goal: 300 Families

2024 EOY:


Play 2 Learn

Families Served

2023 Baseline: 30

2024 Goal: 40

2024 EOY:


Student Intervention Data

Read 180, students served

2023 Baseline: 30

2024 Goal: 40

2024 EOY:


SPIRE, students served

2023 Baseline: 51

2024 Goal: 60

2024 EOY:


iReady Data

Move students from Tier 3 and Tier 2 to Tier 2 and Tier 1 as determined by iReady Tier Information, Fall & Spring Administrations for reading and math

2023 Baseline: 50% of students in Tier 1, 40% of students in Tier 2, and 10% of students in Tier 3

2024 Goal: 75% of students in Tier 1, 21% of students in Tier 2, 4% of students in Tier 3


Effectiveness 3.B - Talent Management

Teacher and staff effectiveness is critical to the success of a school.  Cooper Elementary School will support educators so that we can achieve the retention goals of the district.

  1. offer a robust new teacher/new to the building program to onboard new staff
  2. provide training to all staff on Social Emotional Well-being to help build a more positive working environment
  3. provide opportunities monthly for staff to provide input and feedback directly to the principal in a safe, non-judgmental environment
  4. provided opportunities each semester for outside-of-school activities involving staff
  5. provide treats/snacks randomly throughout the year

Teacher/Staff Retention

2023 Teacher Retention Rate Baseline: 91%

(# Certified at Beginning of Year compared to # Certified Staff leaving during and at the end of the school year through resignations, retirements, transfers, etc.)

2024 Teacher Retention Rate Goal: 96%

2023 Non-teacher Retention Rate Baseline:  95%

(# Classified at Beginning of Year compared to # Classified Staff leaving during and at the end of the school year through resignations, retirements, transfers, etc.)

2024 Non-teacher Retention Rate Goal: 97%


EES Staff Survey Data

Peer observation/coaching and feedback is a tool we use to improve instruction.

2023 Baseline: 56.2%

2024 Goal: 60%

2024 EOY Results:


Our teachers engage in classroom-based professional development activities that focus on improving instruction.

2023 Baseline: 67%

2024 Goal: 70%

2024 EOY Results:


When there is a problem at my school, we talk about how to solve it.

2023 Baseline: 68%

2024 Goal: 74%

2024 EOY Results:


There is a willingness to address conflict in this school.

2023 Baseline: 65%

2024 Goal: 70%

2024 EOY Results:


Attendance Data

Teacher Attendance Rate 2022-2023: 94.53%

Teacher Attendance Rate 2023-2024 Goal: 96%

Non-Teacher Attendance Rate 2022-2023: 93.81%

Non-Teacher Attendance Rate 2023-2024 Goal: 95.5%

Excellence 4.B - Postsecondary and Workforce Readiness

EES Survey Data from the Spring of 2022 indicated that a large group of students did not understand the connection between their learning and the purpose behind the learning.  The data from 2023 did show some improvement; however, the school did not meet its annual goal.

  1. Increase student exposure to all career clusters throughout the school year through counseling specials and classroom visits
  2. Reengage staff with the Portrait of a Graduate through more exposure and professional development
  3. Classroom teachers will provide students with an increase in time to collaborate during learning blocks
  4. Teachers will continue to post learning targets and overtly connect the student learning to different career clusters

EES Student Survey Data

Work I do in this school is useful and interesting to me.

2023 Baseline: 35%

2024 Goal: 52%

2024 EOY:


What we do in school will help me succeed in life.

2023 Baseline: 56%

2024 Goal: 70%

2024 EOY:


My teacher helps me learn by challenging me with interesting activities in class.

2023 Baseline: 44%

2024 Goal: 60%

2024 EOY:

Family Engagement/Building Parent Capacity -

We will build our parents' capacity to support their children's academic achievement by implementing the activities identified in The Plan/The Promise.

  1. Build staff and parent capacity to support learning at home
  2. Foster two-way communication between the school and family using ParentSquare
  3. Empower family voice via Tiger Talk, a bi-monthly meeting with the principal

EES Family Survey Data


2023 Baseline: 179 Responses

204 Goal: 300 Responses

I am encouraged to collaborate with my student's teachers about my student's learning

2023 Baseline: 82%

2024 Goal: 86%

I am given opportunities to discuss my student's progress at school

2023 Baseline: 88%

2024 Goal: 91%

Parents/families have input into plans for improving this school

2023 Baseline: 79%

2024 Goal: 84%

When I share concerns with my student's teacher, they listen

2023 Baseline: 87%

2024 Goal: 91%