Long-range needs assessment enables the school district to analyze assessment data, get feedback from the community about its expectations of students, and determine how well students are meeting learning goals. The board may conduct ongoing and in-depth needs assessment by soliciting information from businesses, labor industry, higher education, and community members regarding their expectations for adequate student preparation as responsible citizens and successful wage earners.
Feedback from district patrons, staff, and students will be gathered on a regular basis. The Strategic Planning Committee, working with the superintendent, will gather input from the district’s patrons, staff, and students on the district’s long-range goals, student learning goals, and other areas as deemed appropriate by the committee. This input will be used in the committee’s decision-making processes and guidance in making recommendations to the Board of Education.
It shall be the responsibility of the superintendent, or designee, to ensure the school district community is informed of student progress on state and locally determined indicators. The superintendent, or designee, 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.
Reviewed: 10/11; 5/14; 9/16
Revised: 9/10; 4/13
Related Policy (Code #): 100.1; 102.1; 901.3
Legal Reference (Code of Iowa): §§ 21; 103; 103.R1; 256.7; 280.12 (2013); 281 IAC 12.8(l)(b)