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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: FORT DANIEL ELEMENTARY           Principal: Barbara Tucker

District Strategic Priorities/Goals Rationale Action Steps
(Implementation Design)
How will you measure growth?
Growth Factors (Baseline & Targets)
Empathy 1.B - Staff and Student Well Being

Fort Daniel Elementary works to ensure individualized, authentic instruction through the implementation of Social Emotional Learning and Restorative Practices, with an emphasis on student and staff well-being, self-care, physical and mental health, and social emotional learning.


  1. Implementation of a daily Morning Meeting block in our school-wide schedule with an SEL focus
  2. Restorative Practice Opportunities
  3. Targeted conflict resolution, decision making, and communication sessions with the counselor assigned as part of our Multi-Tiered System of Supports
  4. Trauma Sensitive School Practices (Calm Down Corner and Chill Zones)
  5. Support student behaviors with full implementation of our PBIS Program to reward and encourage positive behaviors
  6. FDES Clubs (Readers Rally, Gardening Club, Chorus, Robotics Running Club)


1.    Prioritizing Social Emotional Learning through school-based professional learning and collaboration

2.    Take Time Tuesday and Monthly Staff Wellness Activities (Collaboration & Team Building)

3.  Staff Tier 1 Restorative Practices Training

4.    PBIS Rewards & Recognitions for Staff (Hawks Nest)

5.    Teacher Talks with Administrators (One-on-One and Small Group Admin/Teacher Collaboration & Support for problem solving)

6.  S.E.L./PBIS/Sunshine Leadership Team: The team will share key strategies and plan activities to engage students/staff

EES Student Survey

Fort Daniel Elementary will increase the Percent of Positive Responses on the following Educational Effectiveness Survey characteristic:

  • Supportive Learning Environment 

2023 Data: 48%

2024 Goal: 58% 


EES Staff Survey

Fort Daniel Elementary will increase the Percent of Positive Responses on the following Educational Effectiveness Survey characteristic: 


  • Supportive Learning Environment

2023 Data: 74% 

2024 Goal: 80%




Equity 2.A - Multi-tiered System of Supports

Fort Daniel Elementary will implement a  Multi-Tiered System of Supports (MTSS) to address academic and non-academic student needs and remove barriers to success.  

  1. Administer iReady, a universal screener to examine the academic needs of each and every student. 
  2. Targeted Tier 1, 1+, 2, and 3 interventions developed by the MTSS Team based on screener data and additional data points.
  3. Dedicated 45 minute intervention block built into each student's day and training for staff on how to utilize it to maximize student achievement.
  4. Provide Tier 3 Reading and Math interventions to eligible students.
  5. Teach the academic standards and respond to student needs using high-yielding instructional strategies, small group instruction, formative assessments, and progress monitoring.
  6. Execute PBIS, SEL, and Restorative Practices school wide.

GA Milestones Assessments

Fort Daniel Elementary will decrease the Percentage of Students scoring at the Beginning Level on GMAS. 

3rd ELA:

  • Baseline: 16%
  • 2024 Target: 15%

3rd MA:

  • Baseline: 11%
  • 2024 Target: 10%

4th ELA

  • Baseline: 16%
  • 2024 Target: 15%

4th MA:

  • Baseline: 7%
  • 2024 Target 6%

5th ELA:

  • Baseline: 10%
  • 2024 Target: 9%

5th MA:

  • Baseline: 12%
  • 2024 Target: 11%

iReady Universal Screener

Fort Daniel Elementary will increase the Percentage of Students in Kindergarten through Fifth Grade Demonstrating Median Typical Growth between Fall and Spring in Reading (Baseline: 62% Mid-Year 2022  Target  75%)

Fort Daniel Elementary will increase the Percentage of Students in Kindergarten through Fifth Grade Demonstrating Median Typical Growth between Fall and Spring in Math (Baseline: 50% Mid-Year 2022   Target 70%)

PBIS Status

Fort Daniel Elementary will move from Emerging (2023) to Operational (2024).

Equity 2.B - Opportunity and Access

Fort Daniel Elementary will expand student opportunities to engage in and have access to high quality, rigorous, and culturally relevant curriculum and enrichment activities.

  1. Analyze and use iReady data to identify academic and non-academic strengths of students who demonstrate a profile of the gifted and talented.
  2. Offer a "Thinking Skills" enrichment course that yields access to rigorous instruction, support, and challenging learning experiences.
  3. Enrichment and Intervention opportunities during Hawk Time and other instructional blocks.
  4. Provide and engage Kindergarten through Fifth grade students in rigorous STEM Problem and Project Based Learning, Coding, Robotics, and Computer Science enrichment opportunities.
  5. Expand Play 2 Learn program opportunities for families with children ages 0-5 for 90 minutes each week to build foundational school skills. 
  6. Schoolwide Multicultural Events.
  7. Expand the After School Program for all families.


Gifted and Talented

Fort Daniel Elementary will increase the number of Gifted and Talented Representation from underrepresented student racial and ethnic groups. 

Hispanic 2023 Data: 14%

Hispanic 2024 Goal: 16%


EES Student Survey

Fort Daniel Elementary will increase the Percent of Positive Responses on the following Educational Effectiveness Survey characteristics:

       High Standards and Expectations  


2023 Data: 69%

2024 Goal: 75%


Monitoring of Teaching and Learning


     2023 Data: 42%

2024 Goal: 50%


Effectiveness 3.A - Results-Based Evaluation System

Fort Daniel Elementary will utilize the redesigned Results- Based Evaluation System composed of inputs, behaviors, and outcomes that determine the standards for student success. 

  1. Implementation of tiered interventions based on the Multi-Tiered System of Supports
  2. Enact the Fort Daniel Elementary Collaborative Framework where Collaborative Learning Teams (CLTs) will journey through the Plan, Do, Check, Act Cycle.  
  3. Employ the Fort Daniel Elementary School Instructional Framework which begins with the Academic Knowledge and Skills (AKS) and responsive teaching. 
  4. Conduct classroom Learning Walks to ensure high quality instruction and evidence-based best practices. Feedback will be provided through formative and informal observation tools. 
  5. Implement Teacher Walks, to support in fostering data-driven conversations during Collaborative Learning Teams.
  6. Provide opportunities to celebrate student and class growth

Georgia Milestones

Fort Daniel Elementary will utilize results from the 2023-24 GA Milestones as a baseline measure to assess student growth. We will increase the Percentage of Students scoring at the Proficient/Distinguished level on GMAS. 

3rd ELA 

  • Baseline: 57%
  • 2024 Goal: 60%

3rd Math 

  • Baseline: 58%
  • 2024 Goal: 61%

4th ELA

  • Baseline: 55%
  • 2024 Goal: 58%

4th Math

  • Baseline: 67%
  • 2024 Goal: 70%

5th ELA

  • Baseline: 65%
  • 2024 Goal: 68%

5th Math

  • Baseline: 70%
  • 2024 Goal: 73%

Georgia Milestones

Fort Daniel Elementary will increase the Percentage of Student Groups scoring at the Proficient/Distinguished level on GMAS Reading and Math.














All Students 59% 64% 65% 70%
Asian 73% 78% 75% 77%
Black 48% 53% 52% 57%
Hispanic 49% 54% 58% 63%
F/R 42% 45% 45% 48%
Excellence 4.C - World-Class Communication and Engagement

Fort Daniel Elementary strives to develop and expand comprehensive engagement programs that emphasize two-way communication with families as partners in supporting student learning and development.

  1. Implementation of Parent Square to streamline communication channels.
  2. Implement Parent Workshops and Information Sessions
  3. Two-way communication opportunities for students, staff, and parents. 
  4.  Ensure communication is accessible in the languages that represent our school
  5. Utilize communication platforms to engage parents in providing feedback about student learning, safety, SEL, etc.
  6. Elevate student voice via Fort Daniel Student Council and Monthly Student-Administrator Chat and Chews.

EES Family Survey

Fort Daniel Elementary will increase the Percent of Positive Responses on the following Educational Effectiveness Survey characteristic:

  • Collaboration and Communication 

          2023 Data: 70%

          2024 Goal: 74%

EES Family participation rate: 

Fort Daniel Elementary saw in increase in the Educational Effectiveness Family Survey participation rate to 137% in 2023. Our goal for 2024 is to maintain the high rate of participation.