School Survey

The MSBA is preparing to launch its next School Survey assessment. The MSBA’s enabling statute requires that a periodic survey be conducted to assess the condition of the more than 1,750 elementary and secondary public schools across the Commonwealth. The data collected will help us understand how the needs of individual districts fit within the statewide spectrum of need.

The MSBA’s enabling statute requires that a periodic survey be conducted to assess the condition of the more than 1,750 elementary and secondary public schools across the Commonwealth. In 2005, the MSBA completed the first survey, which established a centralized database of school building condition information and performed its second survey in 2010. The data collected during the 2010 Needs Survey assists the MSBA in understanding the current general facility conditions at Massachusetts schools and validates, updates, and supplements the information gathered during the initial Needs Survey in 2005.  

As noted in the MSBA’s School Survey introduction communication, beginning in fall 2016, architectural and engineering experts will visit every public elementary and secondary school in the Commonwealth to assess the general condition of each building. The assessment will evaluate several key factors, including: condition, capacity, maintenance, and educational environment. The data collected during this assessment is just one factor used to determine which school facilities present the highest level of need and urgency, and the results are not the sole basis the MSBA uses to determine any district’s eligibility for funding.  Buildings are evaluated regardless of whether or not the District has any plans for improvements or new schools; however, we do anticipate that buildings currently slated for upgrades or recently constructed in partnership with the MSBA will not be assessed at this time.