Turnaround Results:
Individual Summary

Assessment
Needs Most Improvement
Needs Improvement
Close to Best Practices
Best Practice
What Does Each School Need?
What Does Each School Get?
How Effective is Your Turnaround Strategy?
What are the Right Interventions?

HOW DO I INTERPRET MY RESULTS?

Your results show how your responses 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 with your colleagues, 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?

Learn What Your Peers Think: Resource Check is most useful when used in a group. For example, an entire leadership team can take the self-assessment as a part of the budgeting and strategic planning process. Each person’s answers are kept private, while the group result is visible to all. Learn more about setting up a group »

Continue your assessments: Go deeper in the areas of FundingSchool Design, and Teaching, or try the full Resource Check, which includes these areas and more.

Understand the big picture: Learn more about our vision for transforming school systems through:

More on Turnaround Schools: Learn more about our vision for turnaround schools:

What Does Each School Need?

Your Score:
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The district systematically assesses student needs, teacher capacity, and school practice at each school.
Does your district:
  • Have an effective method for evaluating student needs at each school?
  • Manage the distribution of the highest-needs student populations across schools?
  • Have an effective method for evaluating principal and teacher performance?
  • Have well-defined set of school essentials used for school improvement planning?
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What Does Each School Get?

Your Score:
1
The district allocates resources equitably based on individual schools’ needs.
Does your district:
  • Ensure that students with greater learning challenges at all schools receive additional resources to support these needs?
  • Tailor the amount of turnaround funding required according to each school’s needs and current funding levels?
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2
Schools used allocated resources effectively to support instructional goals.
Do turnaround schools:
  • Have lower class sizes and teacher loads for the most critical grades, subjects, and students?
  • Maximize instructional time in core academic subjects?
  • Extend learning time for students who need it?
  • Does your district provide guidelines for differentiating instructional time and increasing individual attention based on student need?
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How Effective is Your Turnaround Strategy?

Your Score:
1
The district has a deliberate and effective turnaround strategy for persistently low-performing schools.
Does your district:
  • Have a systematic way to assess school performance and determine which schools need additional support?
  • Have a turnaround strategy that includes the key success factors of a transformational leader, expert teacher teams, help for at-risk students, school designs that allow individualized interventions, and additional resources?
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What are the Right Interventions?

Your Score:
1
The district’s turnaround strategy tailors interventions to individual schools’ needs.
Does your district:
  • Have clear performance standards for turnaround schools and leaders, with tangible consequences for meeting and falling short of those standards?
  • Determines which federal intervention strategy is most appropriate based on each school’s student needs, teacher leadership capacity, and instructional practice?
  • Use turnaround school investments to change underlying structures, rather than for add-ons to existing programs (e.g., tutoring, afterschool programs)?
  • Ensure school supervisors for turnaround schools have reduced spans of control and provide differentiated levels of support to schools based on performance level?
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2
The district invests first in mission-critical areas.
Does your district:
  • Have an effective method for placing high-capacity principals in turnaround schools?
  • Provide incentives for teachers to work in turnaround schools?
  • Provide additional health, social, and emotional support to students in at-risk categories?
  • Provide turnaround schools with tools to use that data to adjust instruction to meet ongoing student needs?
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The district’s intervention strategy addresses staffing needs.
  • Do principals at turnaround schools have authority to staff their school to match an instructional vision?
  • Do turnaround schools have support for removing low-performing teachers?
  • Are most specialist teachers at turnaround schools certified in core academic subject areas?
  • Are teachers in turnaround schools are provided with at least 90 minutes of collaborative planning time (CPT) per week?
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