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102 Needs Assessment Procedures


Series 100 - Long-Range Planning And Improvement

Long-Range Needs Assessment      Code No. 102 

Long-range needs assessment enables the school district to analyze assessment data, get feedback from the community about its expectations of students and determines how well students are meeting student learning goals.  The board shall conduct an ongoing and in-depth needs assessment, soliciting information from business, labor, industry, higher education and community members, regarding their expectations for adequate student preparation as responsible citizens and successful wage earners.

In conjunction with the in-depth needs assessment of the school district, the board shall authorize the appointment of a committee, representing administrators, employees, parents, students and community members, to make recommendations and assist the board in determining the priorities of the school district in addition to the basic skills areas of the education program.

The district describes the thinking/decision-making process it uses to collect and analyze the data from student data sources as well as program/service implementation data. Emphasis is placed on describing how key stakeholder groups are involved in the district decision-making process and clarification is provided in regard to the role of each stakeholder group and responsibility to the process.  The district also provides a brief description on how district information is shared with our community. Data collection and analysis is a shared responsibility in our district

A task of the District Advisory Committee is the development of a district wide needs assessment and to analyze its findings.  A needs assessment is completed every five years.  The DAC then makes recommendations to the Board of Education regarding district-wide prioritized needs, possible adjustments to CSIP goals, and the programs and services provided to students. The Forest City Board of Education makes decisions based on these recommendations. 

It shall be the responsibility of the superintendent to ensure the school district community is informed of students’ progress on state and locally determined indicators.  The superintendent shall report annually to the board about the means used to keep the community informed.

As a result of the board and committee's work, the board shall determine major educational needs and rank them in priority order; develop long-range goals and plans to meet the needs; establish and implement short-range and intermediate-range plans to meet the goals and to attain the desired levels of student performance; evaluate progress toward meeting the goals and maintain a record of progress under the plan that includes reports of student performance and results of school improvement projects; and annually report the school district's progress made under the plan to the committee, community and Iowa Department of Education.



Adoption 11-14-88

Review     7-17-89   9-14-98     1-13-05   9-19-11  3-13-17

Revision   9-10-90   3-14-94   02-10-05

Cross References: 

  • 101 Educational Philosophy of the School District
  • 200 Guiding Principles of the Board of Directors
  • 602 Basic Instruction Program
  • 901.1 Buildings and Sites Surveys

Legal References: Iowa Code §§ 21; 256.7; 280.12, .18 (1997). 281 I.A.C. 12.8(1)(b).