MEMSPA: Comprehensive Needs Assessment

Administrators who know the importance and functions of a comprehensive needs assessment (CNA) will be better equipped to evaluate the state of their school and communicate it to stakeholders. In this self-paced course, you will explore the why and how of conducting a CNA that is compliant with state and federal legislation, meets current MDE expectations, and links findings to continuous improvement plan strategies leading to increased student achievement. You will find information to help you organize your data, and create a process that is effective, efficient and replicable for your teams.

In this course, you will:

  • Understand the relevancy and connection of comprehensive needs assessment findings to your continuous improvement strategies/activities,
  • Use samples from Michigan schools and templates to help guide your data collection,
  • Analyze real data collected from your local demographics and school district,
  • Create a replicable process that you can return to year after year, and
  • Provide the evidence to earn your “Comprehensive Needs Assessment” micro-credential.

SCECHs Granted


Who should take this course?


What grade level(s) does this course apply to?

High School
Lower Elementary
Middle School
Upper Elementary

Course Partner


Comprehensive Needs Assessment

Course Vendor

Michigan Virtual

Limited Course Capacity

We’re sorry to inform you that we have reached capacity for several of our Semester 1 and Trimester 1 courses. You’ll notice when attempting to enroll students in our Student Learning Portal that some courses are unavailable. While we are no longer accepting new enrollments for these courses at this time, many courses continue to remain open for enrollment.

With many students across the state 100% remote, demand for our online courses is greater than ever before. Because every course we offer is taught by a Michigan-certified teacher, this high volume of enrollments has created capacity issues for our teachers who provide each and every student with individual feedback.

While the Michigan Virtual team anticipated and planned for significant increases in student enrollments this Fall, the increased demand we’ve experienced has been unprecedented. As a result, we are taking steps to hire even more part-and full-time teachers to support larger numbers of student enrollments for Semester 2 as well as for Trimester 2 and 3. 

For schools that still need online learning options this year, please fill out the form at the bottom of our virtual pathways page to meet with someone to discuss other solutions. While some of our teacher-led courses are full, we may still have the capacity to help you in upcoming terms or can discuss timing to implement a whole-school or collaborative program in which local teachers from your school/district use our online course content to teach students. We also have free course content and resources available for you to use.

We know this is an incredibly stressful time for all, and we’re sorry if the courses you’re looking for are unavailable. We never want to turn away a student who wants to learn from us. Our top concern, however, is student success, and we have a policy to not take on additional enrollments if we cannot guarantee that all students will have a quality online learning experience. 

We appreciate your patience and understanding as we navigate the unusually high volume of enrollments we are receiving.