CLNA Support

Process Overview:

Programs of Study Verification >Program Data Review > Local Needs Assessment > Comprehensive Local Needs Assessment > Survey Samples > CLNA

Important Tips:

  • Keep in mind this should be a tool to identify where the gaps are in our programs - you do not need to put everything into place right now! The goal is to work on having everything going within 3 years.
  • You can use your own sources of data - School report cards are great for assessment data! (ISBE has some technical issues where the data is not always correct in the new CTE Systems in IWAS)


Programs of Study : Programs of Study and CIP/Course Approvals will be updated on an annual basis and verified in IWAS under the Programs of Study System. Course changes can be made at any time during the school year as approved through our EFE Office.

PDR section 1 (Size, Scope & Quality): This section asks various questions regarding each Program of Study approved for your high school. Here is a template that lists what the system looks like: https://www.isbe.net/Documents/PDR-paper-template-size-scope-quality.pdf

*Be sure to use the terms and definitions document to help answer questions: https://www.isbe.net/Documents/PDR-Terms-Definitions.pdf

*Questions are asked for each Program of Study/CIP approved in December. The PDR is designed to review the entire Program of Study/CIPs, which is more than just the coursework contained in the CIPs. It reflects the program's size, scope, and quality components.

PDR section 2 (Professional Learning): This section verifies the Professional Development offered to educators in your district. Here is a template that lists what the system questions are: https://www.isbe.net/Documents/PDR-paper-template-professional-learning.pdf

*See the Program Data Review Help Document for EFE sponsored professional development opportunities here.


The last step is the Districts' Local Needs Assessment. This step reviews student data, PDR data, economic data, and all stakeholder input and allows for your district's reflection and plans for improvement in CTE Programs. Labor Market Information can be found on the ISBE website below by Economic Development Region EDR. All schools are in Region 7 except for Douglas County schools who are in Region 2. LWIA 23 has shared a copy of their report for Region 7 - it is attached. You can also check out Lake Land College's Institutional Research site for some data elements and Dr. Bullock's Data for Decision Maker's report found here. Keep in mind that this applies to your district and you do not need to have input from all stakeholders suggested. If there are any gaps, our office will pick them up in our CLNA.

Changes to CIP Programs - ISBE is realigning some CIP programs for FY21. There are several CIP programs in our region affected by this. At this time, courses will be realigned with new CIP Programs. New Course listings are not posted so we are unsure of how this will affect your programs.

LWIA 23 Region 7 - Labor Market Information Reports Click here

CHEAT SHEET - Here are the questions asked in the Local Needs Assessment. Use this to guide the information your district needs to collect. Click here


Feel free to use our survey documents for regional feedback collection or use your own surveys or meetings for data needed to complete the LNA:

Business Partner Survey: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/LSN7LH5 *(Share with local businesses, Co-op partners, etc)

Student Survey: https://forms.gle/4z5mZXvnKkCKbHUYA

Parent Survey: https://forms.gle/PEYjEip7MKAGW6wC9

*Schools can email Laura to get a copy of the results of the regional surveys if used*


Comprehensive Local Needs Assessment: Our office will see most local data submitted by districts in IWAS once all of our schools have completed their portion. Our office will complete the CLNA as the first step to writing our state and federal grants.

All information provided by ISBE to assist with this process can be found on their website: https://www.isbe.net/Pages/Career-Technical-Education.aspx#


This is a new process for us too. Please be patient as we learn what is needed by ISBE to perfect our grants through this process. Feel free to contact our office with any questions or support!


Stakeholder Data Results

Here are the current responses from the Stakeholder survey in a pdf format. As of 2/18/2020, there are 20 respondents.

Stakeholder Survey

ACTE Resources to Promote CTE

The Learning that Works Resource Center on the Association for Career and Technical Education website had a lot of resources to help schools and teachers with gathering information and supporting CTE in your schools. Check out this site here: https://careertech.org/resources/about-resource-center