What Should Be Included In the Comprehensive Needs Assessment

The Comprehensive Needs Assessment is the key document within the School Improvement Plan and sets the stage for the development of the Title I Plan and the subsequent use of instructional funds, staff development funds, and parental involvement funds.  As the name indicates, the assessment includes all areas of the school, not just test scores.  The Comprehensive Needs Assessment:

  • Provides a clear description of the process used to collect and review data and information.
  • Provides a clear description of how the school reviewed its efforts to help all students meet or exceed adopted content standards.
  • Disaggregates student data by subgroups and summarizes the data.
  • Identifies gaps in instruction, if they exist.
  • Identifies strengths and weaknesses of the total school program.
  • Links statements of identification of strengths and weaknesses directly to student data.
  • Uses a formal needs assessment instrument or process.
  • Provides a clear and convincing description of the results.
  • Includes all available test data.
  • Includes an analysis of grades
  • Includes discipline referrals, suspension, retention, attendance, drop outs, graduation rates, percentage on free and reduced lunch, and adequate yearly progress (AYP).
  • Includes data on faculty and staff such as certification and years of experience.
  • Includes information about the community such as economic factors.
  • Includes information on the facilities, especially as it relates to achievement.
  • Includes information on finances.
  • Includes charts or diagrams to help summarize data.

When completed, the Comprehensive Needs Assessment will clearly detail current status of the school improvements that need to be made.

A major Comprehensive Needs Assessment should be done every three years with adjustments made yearly because of test data or other extenuating factors.