Long-range needs assessment enables the school district to analyze assessment data, get feedback from the community about its expectations of students, and determine how well students are meeting student learning goals. The board shall conduct ongoing and in-depth needs assessment, soliciting information from business, labor, industry, higher education and community members, regarding their expectations for adequate student preparation as responsible citizens and successful wage earners.
In conjunction with the in-depth needs assessment of the school district, the board shall authorize the appointment of a committee, representing administrators, employees, parents, students and community members, to make recommendations and assist the board in determining the priorities of the school district in addition to the basic skills areas of the education program.
The board of education will provide opportunities for local feedback on an ongoing basis by encouraging patrons to participate through:
- locally conducted surveys;
- membership on district established committees;
- the open forum at each regular school board meeting;
- recommendations from the Advisory Committee;
- attendance at periodic, public forums/meetings;
- attendance at special events;
- reading of local papers and the school newsletter;
- presentations made to local community organizations;
- providing a comprehensive public relations program;
- the use of community volunteers;
- the PTA organizations;
- visits to school district facilities.
The school district’s communications program shall strive to keep the citizens informed through a regular flow of information and to encourage the interchange of ideas between the school district and the community.
It shall be the responsibility of the superintendent to ensure the school district community is informed of students’ progress on Federal, state and locally determined indicators. The superintendent shall report annually to the board about the means used to keep the community informed.
As a result of the board and committee’s work, the board shall determine major educational needs and rank them in priority order; develop long-range goals and plans to meet the needs; establish and implement short-range and intermediate-range plans to meet the goals and to attain the desired levels of student performance; evaluate progress toward meeting the goals and maintain a record of progress under the plan that includes reports of student performance and results of school improvement projects; and annually report the school district’s progress made under the plan to the committee, community, and Iowa Department of Education.
Iowa Code §§ 21; 259.7; 280.12, .18
281 I.A.C. 12.8(1)(b)
Approved 12/20/90 Reviewed 04/18/2016 Revised 04/18/2016