|Final Report June 8, 2010|
|Final Report March 23, 2011|
|Final Report October 14, 2010 (Español)|
|CHART for planning the SDP|
|CHART for planning the SDP - Spanish|
Comprehensive Needs Assessment (CNA) is a process that will help each state identify the needs of migrant students and their families. In order to be truly comprehensive the CNA process will look beyond simply reporting the numbers of students proficient by subject, or a single survey, to include a variety of data that will help ascertain what migrant children need in order to have a successful educational experience. The information, including facts (outcome, demographic, and program data) and opinions (perception data), derived from the CNA will guide programming and policy decisions. The process is participatory and ensures statewide involvement in its solutions. Since populations that seem quite similar demographically often perceive their needs as being very different from each other, this process will ensure that unique needs are identified.
The CNA is a decision-making tool for state migrant policy and district programs. It benefits not only SEA administrators, but also district staff who will be able to target services more closely to the needs of migrant clients. Most importantly, it directly benefits migrant students and their families. Its focus is that of policy and programs, not individual diagnosis; however, a well-conducted CNA can lead to solutions that will directly benefit individual needs.
No Child Left Behind (NCLB): The statute that authorizes Migrant Education requires that a Comprehensive Needs Assessment be conducted. Legislation in NCLB requires that States describe:
Title I, Part C, sec 1304 & 1306: Program regulations (sec. 200.83) and policy guidance issued by the Office of Migrant Education (OME) state that a needs assessment: