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COVID Needs Assessment

What is a COVID Needs Assessment?

Schools across North America are working to identify the steps necessary to overcome the obstacles that have been presented as a result of COVID-19 globally. Some schools have been in person since the beginning of the 2020-21 school year, while other schools have not returned to in-person learning since last March. This reality has created a nightmare for schools to figure out the potential gaps and needs that exist within their schools.

How Does the Needs Assessment Work?

If you are interested in having a team member from FIRST Educational Resources work with your school to provide a COVID-19 Needs Assessment, we begin with an initial free consultation to discuss logistics pertaining to the needs assessment, the best format to conduct the assessment (virtual or in-person) and the steps involved in the entire process. During this consultation, pricing is established based on the approach used and an agreement is sent for review and signature. Once a contract is in place, the consultant working with your school or district will schedule the first round of dates to begin gathering evidence for the assessment.

Evidence-Based Assessment

FIRST Educational Resources has a solution to assess each school’s evidence based reality directly tied to the impact of COVID-19 in their schools. The COVID-19 Needs Assessment is an assessment of the main components necessary for schools to have success. During this assessment, the following topics will be reviewed, analyzed and rated in relation to the schools reality. Topics examined include: Assessment, Collaboration, Culture and Efficacy, Leadership, Literacy, Mathematics, Response to Intervention/MTSS, Social and Emotional Learning


Each of these topics have five indicators of success that would be examined as a part of this needs assessment. All five indicators are examined for each topic and provided a rating based on the scale below. After all topics and indicators have been reviewed and assigned a score, the consultant working with your school or district will provide a series of recommendations on next steps to begin addressing the greatest needs from the assessment. 

Needs Assessment Rating Scale


There is an abundance of evidence that shows the school is a model organization for this indicator


There is evidence that the school is utilizing best practices in this indicator.


There is little or conflicting evidence of the school’s practices in this indicator.


There is no evidence or evidence of suboptimal practices in this indicator.


Sample Needs Assessment Indicators

Below you will find a sample indicator from each area of the Needs Assessment. Each topic has five indicators in the full needs assessment.