This tool is a simple survey. Statements are organized around Seven Transformational Strategies that ERS has identified as central to maximize student performance. Each of the strategies is broken down into several categories. Many categories have multiple statements to help you think about your district's practices.

For each statement, rate your district's performance to the best of your knowledge. It is okay to select "don't know," as we do not expect that everyone would know the answers to all questions. Patterns of "don't knows" may be indicators of opportunity for cross-functional discussion.

When you are finished, the results will compute an average number for each strategy and compare your results to best practice. 
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What do my results mean?

Resource Check will give you a sense of the relative strengths and areas of challenge for your district.

  • Lower scored results indicate areas where current resource use does not support the Transformational Strategy. These results will help you prioritize what areas need further investigation and what action should be taken.
  • Higher scored results indicate areas where the district is relatively strong. These are areas you might want to build on or leverage, but may not require the same level of focus as lower scored areas.
Are you part of a group?

We recommend multiple people complete the survey and that they come together to discuss results to identify areas of agreement and disagreement. This can help increase everyone's understanding of your district's resource use and what areas to prioritize going forward. Learn more about viewing your group’s results.

What can I do with this information?

To learn more about the areas you determine should be priorities for action, see the School Design section of our website. Here, you will find more resources to help you analyze your current resource use and take action.


ERS has worked with districts around the country to organize resources—people, time, and money—to create high-performing schools at scale. Today’s declining budgets provide an unprecedented opportunity to make big changes. Learn more about System 20/20.

Use Resource Check: School Design to assess how your district compares to best practices.
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