• Comprehensive Needs Assessment (CNA) Process

    And Coordinated School Health



    The Comprehensive Needs Assessment is a process that supports the “gather data” and the “study” components of developing a School Improvement Plan.  Information gathered from the CNA process is used to make data-based decisions about goals and objectives for the School Improvement Plan.  The CNA consists of the completion of two tools:

    1. School Process Report—rubrics used to assess a school’s strengths and challenges
    2. School Data Profile—a set of questions that facilitate the analysis of data across key areas.


    The School Data Profile has two questions in the Health and Safety Section which ask about use of the Michigan Profile for Healthy Youth (MiPHY) Student Survey:

    1. For grades 7, 9, and 11, using the MiPHY online student survey, how do you use the health risk behavior results to improve student learning?
    2. How does your school use the MiPHY results along with other school-reported data to help make data-driven decisions?

    STUDENT PERCEPTION DATA: For Middle and High School, this information can be found in your MIPHY data.  Look under the "Risk and Protective Factors" section, in the "Individual and Peer  Domain".

    The 2011-2012 School Improvement Plan Template includes 33 “Healthy School Action Tool” questions as part of the assurances section.  The 33 Questions Link
    These are the types of assessment questions that typically are part of the School Data Profile, questions that help school identify needs for establishing data-based goals and objectives.  Four of the 33 HSAT questions ask about action taken on Michigan State Board of Education Policies:

    1.    Our school has taken action on the Michigan State Board of Education Policy on Comprehensive School Health Education

    2.    Our school has taken action on the Michigan State Board of Education Policy on Quality Physical Education

    3.    Our school has taken action on the Michigan State Board of Education Policy on Nutrition Standards

    4.    Our school has taken action on the Michigan State Board of Education Positive Behavior Support Policy


    Additional Health Connections with School Improvement Plans

    • Coordinated School Health is one of six goal content options listed in the school Improvement Template
    • Schools must provide an assurance statement that all teachers and instructional paraprofessionals are highly qualified.  State requirements for “fully qualified” health teachers should be a consideration here.
    • Schools must describe how curriculum is aligned with State standards and how this alignment will help the school meet academic Goals.   This might apply to health if a school has linked a Coordinated School Health Goal to academic success.
    • Schools must describe strategies to increase parental involvement; the Coordinated School Health Model may be used to increase that involvement.
    • Schools must describe coordination and integration of Federal, State and local programs and services, including violence prevention programs and nutrition programs, among others.
    Where do I find the Policies?