NEW YORK (AP) _ NAACP leaders met to discuss the civil rights organization's goals, tactics and budget priorities in the first such reassessment in at least eight years.

Benjamin Hooks, executive director of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People, said the three-day meeting here, which ended Saturday, marked an important departure for the organization.

The conference, attended by about two dozen of the organization's 64 board members and most of its senior staff members, could result in budget cuts for some NAACP programs and increases for others, he said.

''For the first time in my directorship, we are looking at a possible change of priorities,'' Hooks said. ''Nothing is sacred.''

He declined to give details of the conference's recommendations, which are to be presented to the NAACP board in February.