Comprehensive Needs Assessment

  • State and Federal law require schools to conduct a comprehensive needs assessment (CNA) as part of the planning and decision-making process. Likewise, ESSA requires that a Title I Schoolwide program include a comprehensive needs assessment of the entire school, including the needs of migrant students. The purpose of the CNA is to examine multiple sources of data to identify the priority needs and direction for the school. This critical process is the prework to development of the district/campus improvement plans and decisions regarding the justification for use of ESSA and other funds. Texas Education Code also requires a Comprehensive Needs Assessment {TEC Section 11.251(b), 11.252 (s)(1) and 11.253 (b)}.

    Comprehenive Needs Assessments are a requirement at the District and the TIA Campus level where the CNA is Element #1 of the schoolwide plan

    THE CNA as a requirement of but is not limited to: TIV, Equity Plan, ESSA application, Migrant program, EL Program, Performance-Based Monitoring (PBM), State Compensatory Educ ation (SCE) Program, TExas Education Code (TEC), and Accountability Strategies.

    Items included in a comprehesive assessment in addition to student performance are technology, demographics, discipline, curriculum and instruction, professional development, school cluture climate and organization, family and community involvement, parent, student and community surveys. 

    There is a validation process that happens with TEA once a year with the combination of the needs assessment and individual Title I A campus improvement plans.

  • For information, contact:

    Beverly Wyatt

    Beverly Wyatt
    Education Specialist
    361-573-0731 ext. 245