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Needs Assessment

Schools must look closely at how they are currently positioned to support student success prior to writing their annual improvement plan through a school-led Needs Assessment.

New York has organized its Needs Assessment Process around its Envision-Analyze-Listen-Implement approach toward continuous improvement.  As part of this, school teams complete five different Needs Assessment activities prior to writing their improvement plan:

Activity 1: ​Envision: Exploring Your Vision, Values, and Aspirations
Activity 2: Analyze: Internal and External Data
Activity 3: Analyze: Survey Data
Activity 4: Listen: Student Interviews
Activity 5: Envision: Reflect, Synthesize, and Plan

More information can be found on the Improvement Planning webpage.

Diagnostic Tool for School and District Effectiveness (DTSDE) 

The Department has also developed materials through its Diagnostic Tool for School and District Effectiveness (DTSDE) that identify effective school-level practices that may be useful for any team considering its existing needs.  More information can be found on the Diagnostic Tool For School and District Effectiveness Resources page.