The MSBA is required to conduct periodic school surveys in order to understand the conditions of public schools in Massachusetts and to inform the MSBA’s grant program. Three surveys have been completed to date: in 2005, 2010 and 2016. In 2006, the MSBA completed the initial survey, which helped to create the first centralized database of school building data and established the baseline facilities conditions at more than 1,800 schools. In 2010, the survey verified, updated and supplemented the data collected in 2005. The 2016 School Survey verified, updated and expanded the database further.
The survey data is one of many tools that the MSBA uses when assessing applications for funding and to evaluate and develop programs that allow the MSBA to maximize its limited resources to ensure fair and equitable funding of school construction, renovation, and repair projects across the Commonwealth.
The MSBA is working towards completing its next survey, with the report scheduled for release in December 2025. The MSBA posted a Request for Responses seeking consultant applications to complete the 2025 School Survey on January 22, 2024, with responses due March 7, 2024. Additional information about the 2025 School Survey, can be found here.