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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.

School Integrated Action Plan (SIAP) and the LEA Integrated Action Plan (LIAP)

The SIAP is based on the Comprehensive Needs Assessment findings. It replaces the School Continuous Improvement Plan (SCIP).
The School IAP addresses:
• The primary needs identified in the School Comprehensive Needs Assessment
• ESSA requirements for Title I, II, III, IV and School Improvement
• State requirements for Move On When Reading (MOWR)

The LIAP is based on the School/s’ Comprehensive Needs Assessment findings. It supports the implementation of the SIAP. It replaces the LEA Continuous Improvement Plan (LCIP).
The LEA IAP is based on:
• A review of all School CNA results
• Reflective questioning process and discussion
• Identification of evidence-based activities, strategies and interventions to support all school/s successful SIAP implementation.


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icon Six Principles of the Comprehensive Needs Assessment


icon Comprehensive Needs Assessment Library


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