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Needs Assessment

Identified schools must look closely at how they are currently positioned to support student success prior to writing their annual improvement plan.

Initial Identification

Upon identification, Comprehensive Support and Improvement (CSI) and Targeted Support and Improvement (TSI) schools receive a thorough Needs Assessment using the state’s Diagnostic Tool for School and District Effectiveness (DTSDE) school review process. The DTSDE needs assessment is only necessary in the first year of identification.  In the spring of the first year of identification, a team from the school will use the results of the DTSDE process in conjunction with other available data to develop the school’s annual improvement plan for the upcoming school year.

Subsequent Years

In subsequent years, the annual needs assessment looks different.  Each spring, teams from CSI and TSI schools will examine how their school is currently positioned to support student success by reviewing multiple sources of recent data, such as annual survey results, assessment data, and attendance data, to consider how the school has improved over the past year.  In addition, these teams will also complete Student Interviews and the Equity Self-Reflection for Identified Schools as part their examination of how the school is currently positioned to support student success.  For more information about the Improvement Planning process, visit the NYSED Improvement Planning webpage.