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The real action in the data cycle starts to take place when we use baseline data to move to the next part of the cycle: resource alignment. Of course, “resources” includes money and the budget. Where is the school spending money, and what is its return on investment? Are our resources being distributed equitably?

But remember that resources are not only money. Human resources take up on average 85% of school spending. What data do you have about teaching quality and staffing patterns?

There is even data in facilities – how much physical space do we have? Is our technology up to date?

The baseline quadrant of the data cycle should tell you where you are on areas of concern and help you set your goals for your school. The resources quadrant should tell you if you’re actually putting your money where your mouth is. If your school’s resources are aligned with its goals, you’re on your way towards seeing improvement.

To look at more questions that explore resource data and show you where to find it, go here.