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The Needs Assessment

NH Title IV-A Student Support and Academic Enrichment Grant Program

A Needs Assessment is required for LEAs to be eligible to receive Title IV-A funding. This section of the toolkit will guide you through the process of determining your district needs. All Title IV-A funded activities must be connected to a demonstrated need, whether it be through a comprehensive needs assessment, or through other means of demonstrating need. The district allotment determines whether or not your district will need to complete a comprehensive needs assessment. All activities should be developed to produce an outcome that meets a documented need.

Title IV-A Allocation is $30,000 or More

An LEA that receives at least $30,000 in SSAE program funds must conduct a comprehensive needs assessment that includes, at a minimum, a focus on the three main Title IV-A program areas of emphasis: a Well Rounded Education, Safe and Healthy Schools, and Effective Use of Technology.

The US Department of Education released a Comprehensive Needs Assessment Tool that Stakeholder Teams may find useful. Within this Tool, LEAs can enter district- and school-level outcome data (i.e., for selected schools identified by the LEA for Title IV, Part A funding). The Tool includes outcome-focused indicators. Collecting and analyzing outcome data during a needs assessment can help LEAs identify where their schools are facing challenges and stay focused on those outcomes as they implement their Title IV, Part A program. These indicators were chosen based on Title IV, Part A requirements, as well as the anticipated availability of data since many of the requested data points are used as part of federal and state reporting. The Title IV-A Comprehensive Needs Assessment tool can be downloaded from the Needs Assessment Folder found in the Documents for Districts Folder in this toolkit.  There is also a Needs Assessment Guidebook in that same folder.

These criteria can be used to determine needs for supplemental student support if a comprehensive needs assessment is required. However, if not required, these criteria can also inform needs in the program content areas.

Steps in the Process of Determining Need

  1. Develop a Title IV-A Program Development Team. - should include a variety of stakeholders: administrators, teachers, parents, students, community members, school board members.
  2. Discuss and decide on a Needs Assessment to use. - there are advantages to using the Future Ready Needs Assessment, and it is strongly encouraged, but others are available.
  3. Conduct the Needs Assessment. - team members should be involved in taking the assessment.
  4. Analyze the results of the Needs Assessment date collected. - take a look at the determined needs and cross walk those with the three focal areas of the Title IV-A program to determine which combination of uses would est suit your determined needs.
  5. Develop your Title IV-A Program. - develop activities in each of the three focal areas that will reduce your district need in those areas.

Title IV-A Allocation is less than $30,000

Districts with allocations under the $30,000 threshold may choose to assessneeds in any one or more of the Title IV-A content areas. LEAs at this allocation level may choose to conduct a comprehensive needs assessment. All LEAs still must base their Title IV-A activities on demonstrated need and keep documentation of their identified needs for program monitoring purposes. All activities should be connected to a demonstrated need students have for supplemental support in one or more of the TItle IV-A content areas. Needs Assessment tools for each of the individual Title IV-A content areas can be downloaded from the Needs Assessment Folder found in the Documents for Districts Folder in this toolkit. 

Title IV-A Resources available on the NH Department of Education Website.

Resource and Reading Links

Resources for developing Well Rounded Educational Opportunities https://docs.google.com/document/d/e/2PACX-1vRfnjwdm5sgwUjDzHI25rqnuMhGQ950lUQMVOsPoh9t6XWFuyvpombICkn_QhAxgs52ialeDEMMuQvg/pub

Resources for developing Safe and Healthy Schools and Students https://docs.google.com/document/d/e/2PACX-1vTWw_tyjrUvSwpVKdfSYvBF0lvrtlK7NzHWLpLFCGBPpUCN-o0CxGC9kzTE-0gTgPHmW9zUl8Q_fLTX/pub

Resources for developing the Effective Use of Technology https://docs.google.com/document/d/e/2PACX-1vR4M-ZI2qSjMddFTaQx82NySdiadqmjH9c3-84wDZJ3ZEqhfCGR8emM8Ws3bB1DaUZ8cYGtAxkE6zAk/pub

Office of ESEA Programs Resource Page on the NHDOE website https://www.education.nh.gov/who-we-are/division-of-learner-support/bureau-of-instructional-support/integrated-programs

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Last updated June 10, 2024

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