103 - Long-Range Needs Assessment

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    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 will 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.

    In conjunction with the in-depth needs assessment of the school district, the board will 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.

    It is a goal of the Board to include students, parents, faculty and community members on various committees and organizations for feedback. These committees include but are not limited to the School Improvement Advisory Council, Student Handbook Review Committees, 500 Series committee, and the Facilities Oversight Committee and any other committees as needed.

    It is 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 will 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.

    Legal Reference:   Iowa Code §§ 21; 256.7; 280.12, .18 (2009)

                                  281 I.A.C. 12.8(1)(b).

    Cross Reference:  101    Educational Philosophy of the School District

                                 200     Legal Status of the Board of Directors

                                 208     Committees of the Board of Directors

                                 603.1  Basic Instruction Program

                                 801.1  Buildings and Sites Long Range Planning

                                 801.2  Buildings and Sites Surveys

    Approved:           03/15/2005

    Reviewed:           02/17/2005, 08/21/2014, 07/18/2019

    Revised:              01/26/2010