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103 Long-Range Needs Assessment

Code No. 103


Long-range needs assessment enables the school 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.

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 school district.

The School Improvement Advisory Committee (SIAC) serves as the representative committee to receive data, to make recommendations and to assist the board in determining priorities.  Opportunities to gather local feedback on an ongoing basis will include, but not be limited to, surveys, focus groups, ad hoc committees and task forces.  This is open to any community member.  Contact the Superintendent’s office if interested in joining this committee.

It is the responsibility of the superintendent to ensure the school 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 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 school district's progress made under the plan to the committee, community and Iowa Department of Education.

For more information please contact 641-236-2700 and ask for either the superintendent’s office or the contact information for the SIAC parent facilitator.  In the event that the SIAC committee does not have a diverse representation the superintendent will recruit members of the committee to serve on the SIAC committee. 

Legal Reference:     
Iowa Code§§ 21; 256.7; 280.12, .18 (2013).

281 I.A.C. 12.8(l)(b).

Cross Reference:       
101       Educational Philosophy of the School District

200       Legal Status of the Board of Directors
208       Committees of the Board of Directors
603.1    Basic Instruction Program
801.1    Buildings and Sites Long Range Planning
801.2    Buildings and Sites Surveys

Approved:  04/23/08

Reviewed: 02/26/14

Revised: 04/14/2021