Using Needs Assessments for School and District Improvement

A Tactical Guide

Using Needs Assessments for School and District Improvement

This tactical guide is designed to support state education agencies (SEAs), local education agencies (LEAs), and schools as they design and complete needs assessments for various purposes. 

This guide was created specifically to:

  • Support schools identified for improvement (due to achievement data for all students or for subgroups of students) and their LEAs. But any school or LEA can benefit from the use of a strong needs assessment (NA).
  • Provide SEAs and LEAs with information about how the NA connects into a broader theory of action around improvement.
  • Provide SEAs and LEAs with specific guidance and questions to consider as they develop a NA or hire an external provider to complete an needs assessment, and then utilize its results as part of their planning, implementation, and monitoring processes. 

Please see also the Worksheets.


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