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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 schools identified for Comprehensive Support and Improvement (CSI), Additional Support and Improvement (ATSI), and Targeted Support and Improvement (TSI) 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 fulfill the survey requirement
  • Title I 1003 grant funds may be used to pay for the cost of the surveys