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ERIC Number: ED506364
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2009-Jun-1
Pages: 6
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 1
Conducting A Comprehensive Needs Assessment. Newsletter
Center for Comprehensive School Reform and Improvement
School improvement might be initiated by state or district mandate, or it might be motivated by the concerns of school personnel. Teachers and administrators frequently enter the process with some idea of what needs to be reformed or improved, but issues can be overemphasized or overlooked if the process does not begin with a comprehensive needs assessment. A needs assessment can offer an opportunity for a school to refocus and to gather insights into the school improvement process. A comprehensive needs assessment has three primary steps. First is developing a clear and common vision and mission for the school program that takes into account the unique needs of the students and the community. Second is gathering and analyzing relevant data. Third is interpreting the data by the entire school community--administrators, teachers, staff, families, and community members--in order to develop school improvement goals that are based on data and supported by all stakeholders. The purpose of this newsletter is to outline a process for conducting a comprehensive needs assessment that uses data to drive school improvement and provide a focus for the school improvement team. [This document was produced by The Center for Comprehensive School Reform and Improvement, administered by Learning Point Associates.]
Center for Comprehensive School Reform and Improvement. 1100 17th Street NW Suite 500, Washington, DC 20035. Tel: 877-277-2744; Web site:
Publication Type: Collected Works - Serial; Guides - Non-Classroom
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: Office of Elementary and Secondary Education (ED)
Authoring Institution: Center for Comprehensive School Reform and Improvement