Frequently Asked Questions

If you are a charter school leader visiting this site, chances are your state's charter support organization (CSO) has asked you to complete a Charter School Facilities Initiative survey. Below are some Frequently Asked Questions about the survey, its importance, and how to complete it.

For more information on this important endeavor, or to request a link to the survey, contact your state charter support organization (for a list of participating states, click here).

A: There are three portions of the survey, only two of which school administration is directly responsible for. The general facilities information is meant to be completed by a school administrator (or assistant administrator) and take no longer than 20 minutes to complete. The facility expenditure and revenue information would ideally be completed by a business manager (or a network administrator in the case of a school that is part of a multiple campus network). This portion, too, should take no longer than 20 minutes to complete. The most time consuming portion of the survey, collection of measurement data, does not require the participation of any school administrators, rather a representative working with the state's charter support organization will come to the school and conduct all measurement. Depending on the size of the school, the measurement process can take up to 1.5 hours. This person can be given a list of classrooms and educational spaces and measure the facility without school personnel, or a secretary, custodial worker, or even a student could walk them around.

A: No, participation is not mandatory and there will be no consequences for opting out of the project. However, the more schools that participate in the survey the more data the state will have to address inequities in facility funding and access. Even schools with brand new facilities that exceed local or national standards for educational buildings are vital to the project, as very few of those are provided at no cost to the school. This project addresses both space and funding so it is important that all schools, regardless of the situation, please participate.

A: No, all results from the survey will be published in the aggregate. No school will be named and results based on a small number of schools (under five) will not be presented in any reports so as to maintain autonomy.

A: State specific school data in the aggregate will be used to inform the state report for each state. This data will also be provided to the state charter support organization to inform policy efforts on a state level. Data will also be used in cross state analysis on different issues. Individual school level information will not be released to third parties by CSFI without the school’s prior permission.

A: Each state's charter support organization has a Charter School Facilities Initiative project leader. Their name and contact information was supplied in the introductory email that your received. If you are having difficulty accessing the online survey, cannot remember your password, or have technical difficulties of another sort contact the person listed in that email. Otherwise, contact Lorna Beckett at the Colorado League of Charter Schools for assistance.

A: Each state's charter support organization has a Charter School Facilities Initiative project leader. Their name and contact information was supplied in the introductory email that you received. If you do not fully understand a question, or multiple questions, on the survey please contact the person listed in that email. Otherwise, contact Lorna Beckett at the Colorado League of Charter Schools for assistance.

A: Yes, survey participation is important and your responses are needed, regardless of whether you are a current member of your state charter support organization.

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