Where Does Your District Struggle and Excel? Learn What Your Colleagues Think

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Many of you are familiar with Resource Check, a self-assessment tool that helps districts understand their resource use.

We updated Resource Check to make it even more useful to district and community leaders, reform support organizations, and more. Now you can view assessment results for a group of people—such as a district cabinet, school leadership team, or Board of Education.

How does it work?

  • Assess your district: You and your colleagues each complete the Resource Check assessment on your own, rating your district from your own perspective. Your particular responses are confidential.
  • Compare your responses to the group: Your assessment is assigned to a group, and you have access to a “group report,” which shows your answers as well as the number of people who answered the same or differently on each question, and overall.
  • See results graphically: Group results are shown in easy-to-read bar graphs.
  • Complete Resource Check again and again: You can take Resource Check more than once, save each instance with a different name, and assign it to a different group.

 

With the group functionality, your scores (gray bars) are presented
against your group's scores (colored bars).


Why Resource Check for Groups?

  • Check for consensus across a leadership team: You can easily see if the group agrees on the district’s strengths and weaknesses, and whether your perspective differs significantly from others’.
  • Check for consensus among groups: Different departments or leadership groups might have very different views of what can be improved in a district. For example, the central office might think that leadership support is fine, whereas a group of principals might flag that as an issue. Additionally, coaches, partnering organizations, and technical assistance providers can use Resource Check with the various different districts they might work with.
  • Privacy: Your responses are confidential, so you can feel free to be honest; and you’ll get to view the anonymized, candid responses of your peers.
  • Use the Seven Strategies as a frame: Resource Check is framed around the Seven Strategies of School System 20/20—Standards, Teaching, School Design, Leadership, School Support, Funding, and Partners. These categories are based on ERS’ years of experience in what matters in school districts. Use this frame to spark a new discussion amongst your colleagues.
  • Shift from simply cost-cutting to envisioning what’s possible: One district that used Resource Check within their leadership team reported that it helped broaden the debate from simple cost-cutting, to looking deeply at what is working well and what needs improvement in their system.

How do I get started?

  • Set up a free ERS Account.
  • Email Kristan Singleton, Director of Tools and Technology with your request to form a group. To help us help you better, please tell us a little bit about how you envision using the tool as well as how many people are in the group. We will then create a group for all desired accounts.