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103 Long Range Needs Assessment



Series 100


Policy Title:  Long-Range Needs Assessment

Code No.  103


Long-range needs assessment enables the school district to analyze assessment data, get feedback from the community about its expectation of students and determines how well students are meeting student learning.  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.

The school district will, at a minimum, report annually to the local community about the district’s progress on the state and other locally determined indicators.  The district will provide other opportunities for informing the community of the long-range needs assessment process.  These opportunities include but shall not be limited to, reports at the Board of Directors’ meetings, at District Advisory Council meetings, publication in the local media, district publications, and posting the information on the district’s web site.

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 will 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 and prioritize major educational needs; 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.


Approved:       December 10, 2002

Reviewed:       May 9, 2017


Legal Reference:    Iowa Code §§ 21; 256.7; 280.12, .18 (2013).

                                 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