Who we are

We’ve been doing education surveys since 2014, and we’ve conducted surveys in the largest districts and educational organizations across the country. Overall, we’ve had more than one million people take our surveys. Our research team is based at Vanderbilt University and has extensive expertise in measurement development and survey validation.

We are researchers. But, first, we are educators. We’ve taught in all levels of schools in urban, suburban and rural settings with diverse student populations. We’ve served in school and district leadership positions. Since we’ve been where you are, our experiences in education are the foundation for how we work with schools and districts.

Our headquarters is in Nashville, Tennessee.

From My Student Survey to Resonant Education

In 2019, we changed our name from My Student Survey to Resonant Education in order to reflect our work with a larger set of stakeholders. Our look and feel is different but our mission is the same—to provide quality surveys in tune with what matters to you.

Ryan Balch, Founder

Ryan Balch teaches education policy at Vanderbilt University and is a national thought leader in using surveys for education. He improved the process of creating student surveys by introducing student cognitive interviews as a key piece of the validation framework.

Dr. Balch has a Ph.D. in Education Policy from Vanderbilt where his dissertation focused on the development and validation of student surveys of teacher practice. Prior to founding My Student Survey, Dr. Balch was the director of teacher, principal and school evaluation for Baltimore City Schools. He also worked as a science teacher and administrator for seven years at Riverwood High School in Atlanta. He has a B.A. in Psychology from Duke University and a M.A. in Science Education.

Our Partners

Not only do we work in some of the largest school districts in the country, we partner with organizations and nonprofits who support educators. Strong partnerships like these allow us to do our job better.