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Surveys can help provide a critical piece of feedback from various stakeholders that can give crucial insight into school-specific needs, particularly for measures that can be difficult to measure related to school climate.


  • All Comprehensive Support and Improvement (CSI) and Targeted Support and Improvement (TSI) schools are required to conduct annual surveys of parents, staff, and students.
  • The results of the survey are to be used to understand needs and inform school and district improvement plans.

Identifying a Survey Instrument

  • The New York State Education Department does not offer recommendations or approvals on survey vendors. There are no State-approved survey vendors nor is there a list of approved survey vendors.   
  • Districts can select the survey instrument that best suits their needs or develop their own
  • Districts are encouraged to use the same survey questions across multiple years to measure progress toward specific indicators
  • Districts must ensure the integrity of the results
  • The U.S. Department of Education School Climate Survey can be used to fulfil the survey requirement
  • Title I 1003 grant funds may be used to pay for the cost of the surveys