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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 would complete six different activities as part of the school-led Needs Assessment prior to writing their improvement plan:

​Envision: Exploring Your Vision, Values, and Aspirations
Analyze: Internal and External Data
Analyze: Survey Data
Analyze: Tenet 1 Systems and Structures
Listen: Student Interviews
Putting It All Together: SCEP Planning Document

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.