New: State Support Network Needs Assessment Guidebook
Needs assessment processes, which are required by the Elementary and Secondary Education Act as amended by the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA), can help local stakeholders and system leaders understand how the pieces of a complex educational system interact. Whether that system reflects a school, a district, or an entire state, a needs assessment process can uncover both strengths and challenges that will inform growth and improvement.
The Needs Assessment Guidebook is a new tool from the State Support Network that provides an overview of ESSA’s major needs assessment requirements related to school improvement. Additionally, the guidebook describes the elements and implementation phases of an effective needs assessment process. It presents a practical approach to addressing those elements across the phases of needs assessment implementation and describes supports that states can provide to districts, and districts to schools, in the implementation of effective needs assessments.
To learn more about the Needs Assessment Guidebook, and other resources from the State Support Network around needs assessment, please join our webinar on June 6th, from 2:30-3:30pm EDT. This webinar will describe both the state and district role in the needs assessment process as well as providing an overview of the Needs Assessment Guidebook, the Singular Statewide Needs Assessment Blog Series, and a preview of the forthcoming “Developing a Needs Assessment” professional learning modules.
We encourage state educational agency staff to share this invitation with networks of local leaders, as the webinar will benefit those who are planning or developing needs assessment processes and instruments, as well as those who are charged with carrying them out at the local level. Please register here.