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  • Comprehensive Needs Assessment
    • The NDE developed the Comprehensive Needs Assessment based on quality education practices for student success. Because the tool is aligned to AQuESTT, it articulates the expected education practices under each of the six tenets and the areas of focus supporting each tenet. When implemented fully, these education practices are intended to help your school achieve long-term outcomes.
    • The purpose of this tool is to help your school assess current practices, determine areas of strength, and identify priority areas for improvement. Your school team can use the needs assessment results to
      • Examine root causes of areas in need of improvement,
      • Identify strategies and interventions to address root causes,
      • Determine action steps for implementing strategies and interventions,
      • Identify areas for professional learning, technical assistance, and resources to support implementation of strategies and interventions,
      • Set goals for continuous improvement and progress monitoring toward goals.
    • This tool can be used in three ways
      • As a comprehensive needs assessment which covers the six tenets of AQuESTT
      • As a screener to identify which tenets to focus on
      • Independently select the tenet you’d like to focus on
    • The NDE Comprehensive Needs Assessment (CNA) Tool is an Excel download, that includes fictional data to start. You must enable macros for the file to work appropriately. Please read the “Overview” and “Administration Instructions” to determine which version of the tool your team would like to use. Additionally, the CNA Tool Resources, also an Excel download, serves as an appendix for the needs assessment. If you have resources you’d like to contribute to this document, please share them with me and I can to this list and build our collective knowledge.
    • This tool is most powerful and transformative when used in collaboration with others from your school community. This can include but not limited to a school/district leaders, teachers, support staff, ESU staff, etc.
    • For additional information, check out our 2019 NDE Day Presentation:
Updated December 27, 2019 12:28pm