Comprehensive Needs Assessment An attempt to assess or measure aperceived or actual need by collecting data to document a challenge that exists
Why?• Discovers challenges to goals related to attendance, parental involvement, school climate, leadership, and achievement on summative tests• Provides direction for programs and projects• Allows staff to determine priorities• Creates cohesion through the alignment of goals, strategies, professional development, and desired outcomes• Enables benchmarking• Assists with continuous improvement activities
How?• Asking individuals connected with education what they need to close the gap between current status and some desired state• Comprehensive research project
Components• Considers range of needs• Variety of sources• Valid and reliable data• Involvement of many individuals• Development of goals and action plans• Basis for resource allocation• Regular follow-up and evaluation of plans and strategies A Guide for Comprehensive Needs Assessment, Prepared for the Colorado Department of Education by RMC Research Corporation
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