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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: MCKENDREE ELEMENTARY           Principal: Tyese Scott

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

McKendree Elementary school has a diverse ethnic identity. Our school enjoys the rich cultural diversity of our students and community. Our school represents the following ethnic identities: Asian/Pacific Islander 7% ,African American (Black) 39%, Hispanic 35%, Multiracial 6%,Caucasian (White) 13%.

The mission of McKendree Elementary School is to be a school that prepares students to accept the challenges of a changing world by arming them with the skills of problem-solving, critical thinking, academic knowledge, and the citizenship attributes of empathy and social conscience that will enable them to become competitive and cooperative citizens.

We believe that our students and staff will develop empathy; the ability to understand the feelings of another person & place yourself in their position, which is vital in creating a culture where all students, staff and parents, feel a sense of belonging and safety.


  1.  Engage students in welcoming rituals and optimistic closing activities daily in classrooms to ensure that they have opportunities to build communication skills to learn about the varied perspectives in their classroom. 
  2. Provide students with opportunities to engage in collaboration in which they use skills that will support respectfully voicing their opinions related to topics in our El Education Curriculum.
  3. Engage in Cultural Celebrations each month through programs and morning announcements by using literature, personal stories and connections in Social Studies
  4. Staff training and implementation of Social Emotional Learning, Social Justice, and Cultural Responsiveness.
  5. Student Council designed to engage students in conversations to support school wide decisions that create a sense of belonging.

Cultural Proficiency Family Survey:

My student learns about the cultures of our community at their school.

Baseline 76%  Target  78.4%



Cultural Proficiency Staff Survey:

We are providing training to meet the needs of a diverse student population in our school

Baseline  94% Target  94.6%

Actual: 91%


Cultural  Proficiency Student Survey:

I am comfortable interacting with people from different backgrounds

Baseline  53% Target  57.7%


Equity 2.A - Multi-tiered System of Supports

McKendree Vision:

McKendree Elementary School will become a challenging environment that motivates students to become responsible, productive citizens and lifelong learners.


McKendree Beliefs:

-We believe in the intrinsic value and dignity of all people.

-We believe in creating a climate that promotes responsibility, self-discipline, citizenship, and motivation in our students.

-We believe in the partnership of the home, school and community in educating the whole child. 

-We believe in developing high but achievable goals for each child.

-We believe in establishing high standards of learning and performance for all students.


McKendree Elementary strives to build systemic programs and initiatives to address and reduce educational inequity, by providing students and staff with targeted support and enrichment which increase opportunities to succeed.

  1. Development of a Multi-Tiered system of support (MTSS) team to analyze data and determine student support. Utilization of universal screeners to determine student access into programs to support individual needs. These programs include but are not limited to: Gifted, English Learners, and Early Intervention Programs, which offer support for the diverse needs of all students.
  2. Opportunities for students to engage in curriculum extension programs such as Saturday School, enrichment activities to support academic and social emotional growth.
  3. Daily opportunities for engagement with high quality interventions throughout the day as well as during daily intervention time called EAGLE TIME.
  4. Implementation/improvement of Positive Behavior Interventions and Supports (PBIS) in which students have the opportunity to utilize effective social emotional skills to support their ability to SOAR (Successful, On Task, Accountable and Responsible).
  5. Opportunities to celebrate academic and social emotional achievements each nine weeks during awards ceremonies and goal setting activities.
  6. As a collaborative Learning team we will ensure the fidelity of our tier one instruction through the usage of high quality instructional materials such as EL Education and Reveal Math and monitor the implementation using varied feedback tools.

MTSS Screening - Academic: 

Increase the percentage of K-5 Students who are universally screened  on I Ready Assessments and  Dibels. 

 Baseline 0 Target 95


MTSS Screening - Wellbeing:

Increase the number of students in grades 3-5 who are universally screened for well-being.

Baseline 0 Target 95  


PBIS Implementation:

Maintain our PBIS implementation Status of Operational while beginning implementation of some  Distinguished level  practices.

Baseline :Operational     Target  Operational +


Student Improvement % Reading Below Grade Level on Milestones in grades 3-5 

Decrease the percentage of students who are reading below grade level on Milestones grades 3-5.

Third Grade Baseline: 41.9%             Target: 38%

Fourth Grade Baseline: 46.7 %          Target: 43%

Fifth Grade Baseline : 35.5%              Target: 32%

Student improvement % in Beginning on Milestones 

Decrease the percentage of all Milestones tests in which students scored at Beginning Level, Lowest performance level.

Baseline: 37%          Target 34%


English  Learner Progress Towards Language Proficiency - College and Career Ready Performance Index (CCRPI)

Increase the English Learner Progress towards language proficiency on the State Accountability System (CCRPI) College and Career Ready Performance Index.

 Baseline 92.82%       Target  95.89

Equity 2.B - Opportunity and Access

McKendree Elementary is dedicated to providing opportunities for all students to access academic and social emotional skills that support their individual needs.  


We have determined that 50% of our students do not come to Kindergarten with the readiness skills necessary to support their success. As a result, we have established programs that prepare students for Kindergarten.

  1. Continue the expansion of our Early Learning Programs. Play 2 Learn will include multiple groups based on parent interest. Participation in the District Pre-K Pilot which added two Pre-K classrooms to our school community.

  2. Increasing early learner engagement activities by offering age-appropriate activities during our annual curriculum nights, parent teacher teams, Kinder Camps and Summer Enrichment Activities.
  3. Providing opportunities for community partnerships and presentations about how to prepare students for kindergarten.
  4. Staff training on behavior intervention techniques as part of our PBIS initiative, which includes opportunities for students to establish positive relationships with trusted adults through our PBIS “check in, check out” mentoring program.

  5. Students will have access to a curriculum that supports creativity, critical thinking and problem solving (STEM, Computer Science, Performing Arts, Wellness and Mental Health).

Kindergarten Readiness

Increase the percentage of students who are ready for kindergarten.   Baseline 50%     Target 55%


Increase Play to Learn Enrollment

 Baseline - 30  Target:45


Increase enrollment in Little Learners Academy

Baseline:0  Target 2 groups


Gifted and Talented Representation

Decrease the historically underrepresented groups in gifted.  Baseline 2 groups   Target 1 group

Actual: Target 1 group


Increase the school wide percentage of students identified as gifted.  

Baseline 11%     Target 13%




Effectiveness 3.A - Results-Based Evaluation System

 In the last seven years, McKendree has been recognized as a Title One Distinguished School twice due to our ability to improve academic performance for our students. While we are proud of that accomplishment, we recognize that the needs of our students and community have changed dramatically over the last several years.


We strive to redefine the inputs, behaviors, and outcomes that determine the standards for student success as measured by the Results-Based Evaluation System (RBES) to support school improvement and student growth.

  1. Culture of collaboration and continuous quality improvement as evidenced by engagement in Collaborative Learning Teams in which teachers plan, analyze data and develop interventions for students.

  2. Establishment of Local School Improvement Focus Team to support monitoring of school performance data, implementation and refinement of school operations that support the district strategic priorities. (Empathy, Equity, Effectiveness and Excellence).

  3. Fidelity of implementation and internalization of AKS standards through the usage of high-quality instructional materials such as EL Education and GA Reveal/Hand to Mind.
  4. Teacher accountability for student growth and achievement, through individualized teacher professional growth goals, student achievement goals and professional learning.

College and Career Ready Performance Index (CCRPI) Milestones/Access Growth

Improve the student proficiency among English Learner Progress towards language proficiency on CCRPI.

 Baseline 92.82%   Target 95.82%



Improve the percent of students moving from developing to proficient on milestones


Third Grade:  Baseline  44.3     Target 41.3

Fourth Grade: Baseline   33.7    Target  30.7

Fifth Grade:  Baseline 32.5      Target 29.5



Third Grade:  Baseline 21.6           Target 18.6

Fourth Grade: Baseline 24.9           Target  21.9

Fifth Grade:  Baseline 26               Target 23



Beating the Odds Schools  

Improve the “Beating the Odds”(BTO)College and Career Ready Performance Index (CCRPI) score.

 Baseline 88.7   Target 91.7


Excellence 4.B - Postsecondary and Workforce Readiness

McKendree Elementary will offer a variety of opportunities and experiences for students to have multiple pathways to demonstrate their knowledge, skills, abilities, and interests.   Current research states that students must be on grade level in reading in math to be successful in postsecondary and workforce ready, our school understands that this foundation must be firmly in place to support the future of our students. We will ensure that students are motivated and encouraged by using collaboration, goal setting and other postsecondary and workforce ready skills to create their  own plan for their future which will include college or technical education opportunities and/or career readiness.

  1. To build a strong foundation and understanding of college and career opportunities for the future, McKendree Elementary will focus on exposing students to experiences that will grow their knowledge of possible future education and workforce endeavors. Some of these experiences include teaching social skills, conflict resolution, self-advocacy, and building self-confidence in students.

  2. Students will also learn about the importance of community partnerships, participate in career days, and engage in lessons exposing them to higher education opportunities such as college or trade school options.

  3. In addition, students will have opportunities to learn from guest speakers from a variety of community businesses and participate in educational field trip experiences.

  4. Re Engage staff with the portrait of a Graduate through more exposure and professional development. 

  5. Classroom teachers will provide students with an increase in time to collaborate during learning blocks. 

  6. Teachers will continue to post learning targets and overtly connect the student learning to different career clusters

  7. Students will be engaged in clubs that support their knowledge of future career pathways.


CCRPI Progress Growth

Milestones Student Data from grades 3-5

Increase the proficiency of students on District, Common and/or Milestones Assessments

Kinder Baseline:0                        Target: 90% of students in the Middle Partial Alphabetic Phase
First Grade Baseline;0                 Target: 90% of students in the Full Alphabetic Phase
Second Grade Baseline: 0           Target :90% of students in the Late Consolidated Alphabetic Phase
Third Grade:  Baseline  31.8        Target 34.8
Fourth Grade: Baseline   36.1      Target  39.4
Fifth Grade:  Baseline 36.7          Target 39.7

Kinder Baseline:0                        Target: 95%
First Grade Baseline;0                 Target: 95%
Second Grade Baseline: 0           Target :95%
Third Grade:  Baseline 38.3         Target 34.8
Fourth Grade: Baseline 44.4        Target  47.4
Fifth Grade:  Baseline 39.1           Target 42.1


Universal Student Wellness Screener - 

There's at least one adult in this school I can talk to if I have a problem.
Third Grade :   Baseline:  61% no/low risk     Target: 64%no/low risk     
Fourth Grade:   Baseline: 63% no/low risk     Target: 66% no/low risk   
Fifth Grade:  Baseline 84% no/low risk          Target 87% no/low risk         

Cultural Student Survey

My teachers tell me the purpose of each lesson or activity
Baseline: 49.3%   Target: 52%   

In class we often work with other students to solve a problem/ do a task.
Baseline: 50.9%   Target: 54%% 

The work I do in this school is useful and interesting to me
Baseline 42.0%  Target 45%  Actual

Staff Survey 

Students are encouraged to self-reflect and track progress towards goals.
Baseline 77%  Target  80%    Actual

Parent Survey

My student understands the purpose of each lesson
Baseline 66%  Target:69%

This school is doing a good job of preparing my students for a successful future.
Baseline 81%     Target 82.90%  Actual 85%
Family Engagement/Building Parent Capacity -


McKendree’s  Motto is “Expecting Excellence, Making a Difference”


McKendree is committed to our Statement of Purpose. Our purpose is to improve student achievement. We implement shared decision-making between faculty, administration, and parents relating to school improvement. This allows a free flow of communication between and among all of our stakeholders.

We strive to be the first choice of students and family by ensuring that we are a supportive community that provides learning opportunities.

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


  1. Parent Teacher Teams- Implementation of parent meetings that occur 3 x yearly. Focused on topics such as mathematical fluency and foundational literacy skills.

  2. Quarterly Academic Awards Programs- Opportunities to celebrate academic and social emotional achievements during awards ceremonies and goal setting activities which will occur each nine weeks.

  3. Provide opportunities for students to engage in curriculum extension programs and enrichment activities to support academic and social emotional growth

  4. Community Engagement Programs and Communication tools to support revitalization of community engagement. These programs/communication methods include but are not limited to ALL Pro Dads, Monthly Newsletters, Principal Town Hall meetings, Fun Family events, Academic intervention material giveaways, and Positive Parenting Workshops.


Cultural Proficiency Family Survey

This school tells me how I can help my student with homework

70% Baseline   Target 73%