The annual self-assessment provides Head Start programs with a mechanism for ensuring programs are doing the right things. It also gives programs a chance to identify and make necessary course corrections. Self-assessment requirements are addressed in Achieving program goals, 45 CFR §1302.102(b)(2). This section describes self-assessment as a process for using data to monitor progress toward program goals, compliance with the Head Start Program Performance Standards (HSPPS), and effectiveness in promoting school readiness. In this training, participants will learn about recommended processes for conducting the self-assessment and additional resources to support this important activity.
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Session Description and Script
- Self-Assessment: Building on Strengths and Improving Systems
- Self-Assessment: Building on Strengths and Improving Systems (PDF version)
Activities and Handouts
- Head Start A to Z Guiding Principles
- Head Start Program Planning Cycle
- Using Data for Continuous Quality Improvement: HSPPS Requirements
- Phases of Self-Assessment
- Self-Assessment: Truth or Myth?
- Ongoing Monitoring Summary Form
- Progress on Goals and Objectives Form 1
- Progress on Goals and Objectives Form 2
- Elevator Speech: Inviting Self-Assessment Team Members
- Engaging the Self-Assessment Team
- Data Analysis 101
- Asking the Right Question
- Community Connections: A Case Study
- Which One Is It?
- Reflective Practice Tool
Resource Type: Article
National Centers: Program Management and Fiscal Operations
Last Updated: November 5, 2019