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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: ALCOVA ELEMENTARY SCHOOL           Principal: Jacquetta Baldwin

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

Alcova ES is working to build an atmosphere conducive to teaching and learning through the implementation of Social Emotional Learning and Restorative Practices. 


  1. We will implement quarterly "Student/Teacher" conferences focused on (academic and social well-being).
  2. We will intentionally teach respectful behavior through class meetings and the school-wide PBIS program lessons.
  3. We will build a partnership with parents through "school behavior" parent workshops.
  4. We will provide differentiated support for new teachers to implement Social Emotional Learning and restorative practices with their students.
  5. We will conduct restorative practice professional learning sessions with teachers to determine the best way to support growth in this area school-wide. 

EES Survey 

Alcova will show an increase in the percentage of positive student, staff, and family responses on the EES survey results regarding student and staff wellbeing.

See LSPI Spreadsheet


Equity 2.A - Multi-tiered System of Supports

Alcova ES will continue to build on our comprehensive framework to fully operationalize a multi-tiered system of supports to address academic and non-academic student needs and remove barriers to success.


  1. We will work to expand our use of the EL education curriculum to teach and differentiate the standards. 
  2. We will work to support 3rd-5th grade teachers with implementing Skills-Block strategies for students who are reading below grade level.

  3. We will implement Quarterly professional development sessions that will focus on analyzing and deconstructing ELA and Mathematics standards.
  4. We will implement learning from the Multisensory reading course training for kindergarten, first, and second-grade teachers. 

  5. We will implement Reading and math remediation and extension interventions for K-5 students. 
  6. Quarterly MTSS professional learning will be provided to staff to clarify and refine our local school processes.
  7. We will partner with Georgia Gwinnett College to provide intervention tutoring for Tier II students.
  8. We will partner with the GCPS gifted department to provide professional learning for teachers focused on increasing student enrichment opportunities and student choice. 

I-Ready Universal Screener

Alcova will show a decrease in the percentage of students in Tier II and Tier III from the beginning of the year to the end of the year results on the I-Ready diagnostic assessments. 

Georgia Milestones

Alcova will show a decrease in the percentage of students scoring in the beginning range on the Georgia Milestone Assessments from the 2023 to 2024 school year. 

See LSPI Spreadsheet

Equity 2.B - Opportunity and Access

Alcova will expand student opportunities to engage in and have access to high quality, rigorous and culturally relevant curriculum, advanced coursework and enrichment activities.


  1. Alcova will increase student participation in extracurricular clubs and enrichment activities.
  2. We will provide staff development and district coaching support from the gifted department focusing on supporting and challenging the gifted learner.
  3. Alcova will develop a school-wide process for student goal setting.
  4. The parent center will survey parents to gain an understanding of parent needs/support before parent conferences.
  5. Teachers will provide individualized reports to parents with student growth areas and progress on individual goals.
  6. Alcova will provide parent workshops to interpret I-Ready screener reports.
  7. Alcova will provide Extended Learning opportunities to remediate and extend the learning of students.

Student Enrichment Club Participation:

Alcova will work to increase the number of students participating in enrichment clubs for the 23-24 school year. * See LSPI Spreadsheet

EES Student Survey

Alcova will show an increase in the percentage of positive student responses on the EES survey results regarding challenging work and academic rigor.  *See LSPI Spreadsheet

Students participating in Gifted/Enrichment Courses

Alcova will increase student participation in gifted/enrichment courses during the 23-24 school year. 


Effectiveness 3.A - Results-Based Evaluation System

Alcova will implement a Results-Based Evaluation System (RBES) that focuses on academic press and a supportive community to increase student achievement, overall well-being, and success.


  1. Alcova will increase collaborative learning discussions with the grade level and on vertical content committees to build teachers’ capacity for instructional strategies.
  2. Alcova will work to decrease the variability of effective collaborative planning sessions among grade levels. 
  3. Alcova will increase the number of staff members attending district-level content-focused professional learning opportunities. Teachers will use their learning to transform the learning of others. 
  4. Alcova will use local school and district assessment data to plan the next instructional steps for individual students. 
  5. Alcova will use formative assessment data to plan targeted differentiated learning tasks and small group lessons. 

EES Student Survey

Alcova will show an increase in the percentage of positive student responses on the EES survey results regarding student collaboration.  *See LSPI Spreadsheet


Alcova students will show an increase in the percentage of students scoring proficient and distinguished on GMAS. *See LSPI Spreadsheet  

District Assessments

Alcova students will show an increase in the percentage of students scoring proficient and distinguished on District Assessments. *See LSPI Spreadsheet  



Excellence 4.C - World-Class Communication and Engagement

Alcova will demonstrate world-class communication and engagement through modeling the value GCPS leadership places on transparent, two-way communication to build stakeholder trust and confidence.


  1. Alcova will increase two-way communication with parents utilizing local school surveys and drop-box concerns.
  2. Alcova will seek parent involvement and feedback on individual events.
  3. Alcova will give parents the opportunity to share feedback and shout-outs on individual teachers. 
  4. Alcova will continue to use the school website and social media sites to share activities and good news. 
  5. Alcova will clarify student homework expectations for each grade level.

EES Student Survey:

Alcova will show an increase in the percentage of positive student responses on the EES survey regarding support to solve problems. 

*See LSPI Spreadsheet 


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. Offer literacy and math workshops for parents to provide tools and strategies to support literacy comprehension and mathematical reasoning
  2. Offer instructional resources to parents, such as books, games, and instructional strategies, via the Alcova Parent Center. 
  3. Support parents in transitioning their children to kindergarten by working with local preschool programs to ensure parents have relevant and useful information about the Kindergarten registration progress and host a rising kindergarten academy in June to acclimate students before the first day of school. 
  4. Alcova will clarify student homework expectations for each grade level. 

Alcova will show an increase in the percentage of positive parent responses on the EES survey results regarding school communication, effectiveness, opportunity, and access.

*See LSPI Spreadsheet-Family Engagement Survey