102 – Long-Range Needs Assessment

The long-range needs assessment process enables the District to analyze assessment data, receive feedback from the community about its expectations of students, and determine how well students are meeting student learning goals.  The Board shall conduct 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 connection with the in-depth needs assessment of the District, the Board shall authorize the appointment of a committee with representatives of the administrators, teachers and other employees, parents, students, and community members to make recommendations regarding major educational needs, student learning goals, long-range goals that include reading, mathematics and science achievement, and harassment and bullying prevention, training and other initiatives.  To the extent possible, committee membership shall have balanced representation of members by race, gender, national origin and disability.

It shall be the responsibility of the superintendent to seek continuous public input concerning the District’s educational program.  Community members are invited to address the Board of Directors at each meeting and attend Board committee meetings.

It shall be the responsibility of the superintendent to ensure the District community is informed of the progress of District students on state and locally determined indicators.  Multiple assessment measures shall be utilized for reporting.  The superintendent shall report to the Board about the methods used to keep the community informed, including the methods utilized to inform parents of kindergarten through third grade students of their children’s individual performance.

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 levels 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.

Date of Revision: February 9, 2009

Legal References:  No Child Left Behind, Title II, P.L. 107-110; Chapter 21, 256.7(21)(c), 280.12, Code of Iowa; 281 I.A.C. 12.2, 12.8    

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