Long‐range needs assessment enables the District to analyze assessment data, get feedback
from the community about its expectation of students and determine how well students are meeting student learning goals.  The Board will 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.

In conjunction with the in‐depth needs assessment of the District, the Board will 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 District in addition to the basic skills areas of the education program.  This committee, known as the School Improvement Advisory Committee, will be appointed annually by the Board.

This committee will use surveys and discussion groups to obtain feedback from students, staff, parents, and community members.  This procedure will be conducted formally at least every five years and more frequently on an informal basis.  This feedback will be used by the committee to determine the District’s effectiveness and to establish future priorities.  This information will be communicated to the Board each year in a written report from the School Improvement Advisory Committee.

It is the responsibility of the superintendent or designee to ensure the District community is informed of students’ progress on state and locally determined indicators.  The superintendent will report annually to the Board about the means used to keep the community informed.

As a result of the Board’s and committee’s work, the Board will determine major educational needs and rank them in priority order; develop long‐range goals and plans to meet the educational 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 District’s progress made under the plan to the committee, community and Iowa Department of Education.


Approved: July 1, 1989

Reviewed: March 9, 2015

Revised: November 28, 2011