The Comprehensive Needs Assessment
Schools will use the 6 Principles, Indicators and Elements to identify strengths and needs in order to increase student achievement and strengthen school systems leading to sustainable improvement.
Principle 1: Effective Leadership
Principle 2: Effective Teachers and Instruction
Principle 3: Effective Organization of Time
Principle 4: Effective Curriculum
Principle 5: Conditions, Climate and Culture
Principle 6: Family and Community Engagement
Acknowledging the current school’s state honestly and transparently, based on evidence, allows the school to determine its best next steps. The CNA will allow the school to identify the greatest needs, root causes, and possible solutions and track progress over time.
A limited number of well-defined desired outcomes are a common feature of successful school and LEA improvement plans. These desired outcomes with goals, strategies and actions steps help focus a school’s work by setting a target for student learning and achievement or systems, processes and programs that will impact achievement. By choosing strategies and action steps that leverage strengths and focus on connections and coherence, student learning and achievement is increased.