Practice Activity: Leading a Problem Clarification Process
Center for Leadership in Education at Yowson University
Feedback on Needs Assessment



The following comments by the Center for Leadership in Education at Towson University staff are based on the needs assessment submitted as part of the introduction to the on-line course Using Data to Increase Student Achievement.

  1. Description of priority areas based on data analysis
  2.  No Evidence  Satisfactory  Exemplary 

    • State MSPAP data for several years are included in the data analysis at the outcome level.
    • Other student achievement data for several years, such as CTBS and district or schoolwide assessments, are included in the data analysis at a level useful for instructional decision-making.
    • The priority areas identified are consistent with the data analysis.

  3. Description of the process to engage staff, parents, and students
  4.  No Evidence  Satisfactory  Exemplary 

    • The process is ongoing.
    • The process includes engagement of stakeholders in a substantive way.

  5. Summary of extent to which the five key processes are being implemented effectively at your school (understanding the target, teaching the indicators, assessing the indicators, monitoring individual student process, and intervening with students not succeeding)
  6.  No Evidence  Satisfactory  Exemplary 

    • Evidence was collected from the entire staff.
    • Conclusions are analyzed completely and accurately.

  7. Identification of the highest impact problem areas to be addressed in the school improvement plan (the “root causes”)
  8.  No Evidence  Satisfactory  Exemplary 

    • The evidence used to identify the highest impact problem is clear and compelling.
    • The final hypothesis is consistent with the evidence.

  9. Overall
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