The WHY in CNA goes beyond the bureaucracy of the comprehensive needs assessment (CNA)
state and federal laws mandate that schools conduct a CNA as part of the planning and
process, the main purpose or the “WHY” of a CNA is to identify the strengths and priority
needs for the
school, which are critical to the development of the district and campus improvement plans.
Additionally, the CNA provides justification for the use of ESSA and other funds and provides
for addressing student achievement and meeting challenging academic and performance
Conducting a CNA is an on-going process, not a one-time-per-year event.
This session is designed for each principal to bring data and 4-6 campus leaders to revise
the CNA for
the new school year. Often it is beneficial to begin the CNA revision with a small team of
representatives from the site-based committee. The trainer will facilitate processes so that
principal and team members can analyze their school’s data.
The team will identify strengths, priority needs, and revise the summary for each area of the
will examine timelines and determine if any additional dates are needed to examine new data
becomes available. The team will also create plans for presenting the data to the entire
committee and determine how to communicate with the faculty and staff. At the end of the
draft CNA should be ready, or nearly ready, to take back to the entire site-based committee
School leaders will create or strengthen their procedures for conducting an effective CNA
including timelines that are not totally dependent on the arrival of STAAR scores.