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Comprehensive Needs Assessments


A comprehensive needs assessment is a process that is used to identify needs and performance challenges in a school or district, determine their root causes, and set priorities for future action.

Schools and districts should use the comprehensive needs assessment to inform improvement planning and budgeting.


ESEA Comprehensive Needs Assessment Requirements

Many ESEA Programs (Title I, Part A; Title I, Part C, Title II, Part A; and Title IV, Part A) require LEAs to conduct a comprehensive needs assessment in order to identify needs that will be addressed with ESEA funds. In order to justify the use of ESEA funds, there must be a demonstrated need identified in the comprehensive needs assessment. The comprehensive needs assessment should identify performance challenges that encompass, or make connections to, the purposes of the various ESEA programs.

Additionally, the Colorado Education Accountability Act of 2009 requires each Colorado district and school to create an annual improvement plan. Colorado meets this requirement through the Unified Improvement Planning (UIP) process. The UIP can serve a dual purpose in meeting ESSA requirements for a comprehensive needs assessment and completing required improvement planning

Click here for more information regarding the UIP process.


  Additional Data Sources, Tools, and Resources to Identify Needs for ESEA Programs


For Additional Information Contact:

Joey Willett
ESEA Senior Consultant, Title I and Title ID

Laura Meushaw
ESEA Senior Consultant, Title I & School Improvement 

DeLilah Collins
Assistant Director, ESEA Programs Office 


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