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Needs Assessment

Cross State High School Collaborative

Needs Assessments

The Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) requires schools identified in need of comprehensive improvement to conduct needs assessments to identify current areas of challenge and areas where evidence-based improvement strategies need to be applied.
To support high school redesign the needs assessment process must be both more tailored and comprehensive than traditionally has been the case.

Evidence-based high school redesign needs to be built upon a deep understanding of

  • The educational challenges the school must meet
  • The current and possible post-secondary destinations of the school’s students
  • The existing system which leads to current outcomes
  • The prior reform history at the school,
  • How the perceptions of students, school staff, and the community of current challenges and desired outcomes may or may not align

The video below provides a high level overview of the needs assessment process for high school redesign recommended by the Cross-State ESSA High School Redesign Collaborative.

To view and share the video components:

Download the Report (PDF)
Download the Report (MSPPT)

  • Needs Assessments Survey Options this download we provide information on 11 surveys which in different ways can help schools gain insight into their needs and their redesign through student/teacher surveys.
    Download the Report (PDF)