Resource Check: Parents Results:
Individual Summary

Assessment
Needs Most Improvement
Needs Improvement
Close to Best Practices
Best Practice
Standards and Instruction
Teaching
School Design
Leadership
School Support
Funding
Partners

How do I interpret my results?

For each of the Seven Transformational Strategies, we’ve shown how your responses for your district compare to “best practice.” Our definition of “best practice” is based on nearly 10 years of work with large urban districts, as well as deep study of the research into what makes high-performing school systems succeed.

You can read more about our vision for urban school system transformation in One Vision, Seven Strategies or in the School System 20/20 section of our website.

These results are not an evaluation of your district—they are the beginning of a strategic conversation. We hope they spark crucial discussions and point to where more research and data may be needed. You can see a detailed report of your answers below.

A note about “Don’t Know”:“Don’t Know” answers may lower your overall score in a particular section. If you marked “Don’t Know” for every statement in a section, that bar will not appear at all. Check your detailed report below for your “Don’t Know” count.

What’s Next?

  • Join the conversation: The results of Resource Check-Parents can be used to foster conversation with district leadership and inform the districts’ LCAP report.
  • Learn what your peers think: This tool can be used to survey a large group of parents in your district. Each person’s answers are kept private, while the group result is visible to all. Learn more about setting up a group >>

Some guiding questions for a group conversation:

  • Which areas do most respondents feel is a strength for the district? (These are areas where the overall score is relatively high.)
  • Which areas do most respondents feel is a challenge for the district? (These are areas where the overall score is relatively low.)
  • Which areas have the most agreement?
  • Which areas have the most disagreement?
  • Are there areas where most respondents answered “don’t know?”
  • Go deeper: Though not tailored to California, you can assess your district more specifically with Resource Check in the areas of TeachingSchool DesignFunding, and Turnaround.
  • Understand the big picture: Learn more about our vision for transforming school systems through:

Standards and Instruction

Your Score:
Assessment
Needs Most Improvement
Needs Improvement
Close to Best Practices
Best Practice
Curriculum
Formative Assessments
Professional Development

Curriculum

1
I know what my child is expected to learn this year, or where I can find that information (in all applicable languages).
  • Priority 1: Basic-- teacher appropriate assignment
  • Priority 2: Implementation of state standards
  • Priority 3: Parental involvement
change
2
What my child is learning in school will set him/her up for success.
  • Priority 1: Basic-- teacher appropriate assignment
  • Priority 2: Implementation of state standards
  • Priority 3: Parental involvement
  • Priority 4: Pupil achievement
change

Formative Assessments

3
My child’s progress is assessed regularly throughout the year and instruction is adjusted as needed.
  • Priority 4: Pupil achievement
  • Priority 8: Other pupil outcomes
change
4
I receive regular updates on my child’s progress.
  • Priority 3: Parental involvement
  • Priority 4: Pupil achievement
change

Professional Development

5
I am aware that my child’s teachers receive professional development, primarily “job-embedded” to help them be better teachers.
  • Priority 1: Basic-- teacher appropriate assignment
  • Priority 2: Implementation of state standards
change
6
I am aware that my child’s teachers collaborate with other teachers to enhance their instructional practice.
  • Priority 1: Basic-- teacher appropriate assignment
  • Priority 2: Implementation of state standards
change

Teaching

Your Score:
Assessment
Needs Most Improvement
Needs Improvement
Close to Best Practices
Best Practice
Evaluation
Hiring and Assignment
Collaboration
Individual Development
Career Pathways
Instructional Practice

Evaluation

1
I trust the evaluation process to accurately assess my child’s teachers.
  • Priority 1: Basic-- teacher appropriate assignment
change

Hiring and Assignment

2
My child’s school hires high quality teachers.
  • Priority 1: Basic-- teacher appropriate assignment
change
3
My child’s teachers are the right fit for my child.
  • Priority 1: Basic-- teacher appropriate assignment
change

Collaboration

4
My child’s teachers have the opportunity to collaborate and learn from each other.
  • Priority 1: Basic-- teacher appropriate assignment
  • Priority 6: School climate
change

Individual Development

5
My child’s teachers use up to date and innovative methods of instruction.
  • Priority 6: School climate
change
6
My child’s teachers feel comfortable integrating technology in to lessons.
  • Priority 6: School climate
change
7
Ineffective teachers do not stay long at my child’s school.
  • Priority 1: Basic-- teacher appropriate assignment
change

Career Pathways

8
At my child’s school there are teachers in different positions – some more senior, others more junior or some that play different roles (e.g., “teacher leaders”).
  • Priority 1: Basic-- teacher appropriate assignment
  • Priority 6: School climate
change

Instructional Practice

9
My Child understands the homework being sent home and can do it independently.
  • Priority 1: Basic-- teacher appropriate assignment
  • Priority 2: Implementation of state standards
  • Priority 4: Pupil achievement
  • Priority 5: Pupil engagement
change
10
My child is progressing through subject material at an appropriate pace.
  • Priority 4: Pupil achievement
  • Priority 8: Other pupil outcomes
change

School Design

Your Score:
Assessment
Needs Most Improvement
Needs Improvement
Close to Best Practices
Best Practice
School Portfolio
Strategic School Design

School Portfolio

1
The district has deliberately planned for schools of different sizes, themes, and grade configurations.
  • Priority 1: Basic-- teacher appropriate assignment
change
2
My child is able to participate in the programs that interest him/her.
  • Priority 1: Basic-- teacher appropriate assignment
  • Priority 7: Course access
change
3
(For Special Ed or ELL parents): The school district does a good job providing necessary, high-quality services balanced against the need for inclusion.
  • Priority 1: Basic-- teacher appropriate assignment
  • Priority 7: Course access
change
4
(For choice districts only): I am able to send my child to the school I wanted him/her to attend.
  • Priority 6: School climate
  • Priority 7: Course access
change

Strategic School Design

5
My child’s school uses innovative approaches to grouping students – sometimes my child is in a larger group, other times he/she is in a smaller group or gets 1-1 attention.
  • Priority 5: Pupil engagement
change
6
My child is able to receive additional help when he/she needs it.
  • Priority 1: Basic-- teacher appropriate assignment
  • Priority 6: School climate
change
7
Time is well used during the school day.
  • Priority 1: Basic-- teacher appropriate assignment
  • Priority 5: Pupil engagement
  • Priority 6: School climate
change
8
The school addresses students who need intervention early with appropriate support.
  • Priority 1: Basic-- teacher appropriate assignment
  • Priority 7: Course access
change

Leadership

Your Score:
Assessment
Needs Most Improvement
Needs Improvement
Close to Best Practices
Best Practice
Evaluation
Development

Evaluation

1
The principal at my child’s school is a good fit for our school.
  • Priority 1: Basic-- teacher appropriate assignment
  • Priority 6: School climate
change

Development

2
The principal at my child’s school is an effective professional, and the school is well-run.
  • Priority 1: Basic-- teacher appropriate assignment
  • Priority 2: Implementation of state standards
  • Priority 6: School climate
  • Priority 7: Course access
change
3
My child sees the principal in the classroom on a regular basis.
  • Priority 1: Basic-- teacher appropriate assignment
  • Priority 2: Implementation of state standards
  • Priority 5: Pupil engagement
change
4
My child’s principal is responsive to my concerns.
  • Priority 3: Parental involvement
  • Priority 5: Pupil engagement
change

School Support

Your Score:
Assessment
Needs Most Improvement
Needs Improvement
Close to Best Practices
Best Practice
School Evaluation
Individualized School Support
Turnaround Strategy
Efficiency

School Evaluation

1
The district has accurately assessed how well my child’s school is performing.
  • Priority 2: Implementation of state standards
  • Priority 3: Parental involvement
change

Individualized School Support

2
The district provides my child’s school the support it needs to succeed.
  • Priority 1: Basic-- teacher appropriate assignment
  • Priority 2: Implementation of state standards
  • Priority 4: Pupil achievement
  • Priority 7: Course access
  • Priority 8: Other pupil outcomes
change

Turnaround Strategy

3
The district has identified schools that are low performing and is working to improve them.
  • Priority 1: Basic-- teacher appropriate assignment
  • Priority 2: Implementation of state standards
  • Priority 5: Pupil engagement
change

Efficiency

4
The district spends money effectively to support schools and child learning.
  • Priority 1: Basic-- teacher appropriate assignment
  • Priority 2: Implementation of state standards
  • Priority 5: Pupil engagement
  • Priority 6: School climate
change

Funding

Your Score:
Assessment
Needs Most Improvement
Needs Improvement
Close to Best Practices
Best Practice
Transparency
Flexibility
Equity

Transparency

1
I have access to data on how the district is spending money at my school.
  • Priority 1: Basic-- teacher appropriate assignment
  • Priority 3: Parental involvement
change
2
I am able to understand the school budgets published by the district.
  • Priority 1: Basic-- teacher appropriate assignment
  • Priority 3: Parental involvement
change
3
I understand how funds and staff are allocated to schools.
  • Priority 3: Parental involvement
change

Flexibility

4
The principal and other school leaders are able to determine how they use staff and other resources at the school.
  • Priority 1: Basic-- teacher appropriate assignment
  • Priority 7: Course access
change

Equity

5
My child’s school receives their fair share of resources based on their population.
  • Priority 1: Basic-- teacher appropriate assignment
  • Priority 4: Pupil achievement
  • Priority 7: Course access
  • Priority 8: Other pupil outcomes
change

Partners

Your Score:
Assessment
Needs Most Improvement
Needs Improvement
Close to Best Practices
Best Practice
Maximize Community Resources
Engage Families
Engage community stakeholders

Maximize Community Resources

1
My child’s school uses community organizations to offer enrichment and social service support.
  • Priority 3: Parental involvement
  • Priority 6: School climate
  • Priority 7: Course access
change

Engage Families

2
My child’s school effectively engages me in my child’s learning.
  • Priority 3: Parental involvement
change

Engage community stakeholders

3
My child’s school effectively involves parents and other community members in important decisions affecting the school.
  • Priority 3: Parental involvement
change
4
The district effectively involves parents and other community members in important decisions affecting the district.
  • Priority 3: Parental involvement
change
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