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SPS FAQ

School Performance Surveys are available in English, Spanish and Portuguese for all respondent groups.

The International edition of the SPS surveys are currently available in:

  • English
  • Spanish
  • Portuguese
  • Arabic
  • Simplified Chinese

for all respondent groups. New languages can be added at any time for minimal cost.

Text versions of the surveys are available for review purposes only on the Survey Resources page.

Please note that this text version is not suitable for distribution or data collection.

Each school's data on its own is confidential.

We are not at liberty to share the results of particular schools. However, We will be able to provide you with an aggregate report of all other school data combined.

Please keep in mind that this is merely an aggregate of school data over a single academic year, which does not act as a benchmark. We also encourage schools to compare their results against their own Mission Statement, stated standards, and objectives, or to their own results from previous surveys.

When using access codes, there is no way to prevent this, although to date after surveying 100's of schools this has not been an issue in schools as far as we know.

Our suggestion is that students be monitored and not given the survey code. A teacher could read the code, which is typically 8 digits.

If a mischievous student wanted to remember the code and take the survey multiple times they could. There are a few things to keep in mind:

When the process is finished we will know exactly how many respondents in each group have taken the survey. If you have 1000 students and 1200 have taken the survey we will know there has been a problem. Also, a student (or parent) would have to take the survey many times to have a statistically significant impact on the results.

If you choose to have the surveys administered by ERC via email, there is no way for an individual to take a survey more than once.

You provide ERC with a list of email addresses for the entire population of each respondent group (students, faculty & staff, parents, board, alumni). ERC sends automated emails to all invitees with a unique login link for every person.

ERC keeps track of who has completed the survey so that they cannot take it again, as well as who has not completed the survey and sends reminders to those invitees, or has done a portion of the survey without completing it and sends reminders to those invitees. We provide you with access to an online portal which shows you how many respondents you have received from each group so you can track when your school is done.

This administration option provides total security by tracking exactly who has and hasn't participated in the survey. This administration option is more expensive than the access code admin version, so we provide both options to allow schools to select what is best for them.

To register your school for a Self Study survey, fill out our contact form, or simply send an email directly to our project manager, Judi Sabella (judis@endicott.edu).

It takes about 15 minutes to take each survey except for the staff survey, which takes approximately 25 minutes to complete.

You have access for as long as you need it. Once all respondent groups have finished the surveys and you have notified us, access will then be closed.

The Endicott Research Center recommends a two-week window from the beginning to the end for the survey taking process. However, this is simply a guideline. You are welcome to take as long as needed.

You should set a window for taking the survey if it is not happening completely under your control. (for example: parents taking the survey at home) In your cover letter indicate a deadline for finishing the survey (a two week window seems to work for most schools).

When the deadline arrives you can contact us and we can see in the database how many have taken the survey.

If the results are satisfactory (15-20% for parents), then we can process the results. If not, you can get the word out to parents that you are extending the deadline for another week to generate more participation.

The raw data file is available by request.

Please contact Judi Sabella (judis@endicott.edu) to request your data file.

The file will be emailed, depending on the size of the file (more respondents means a larger file and the email server has a limit on the size of file it will allow). If the file is too large to email, it will be hosted online at a secure site where you can then download it.

All students and staff are expected to take the survey.

It is also expected that all parents have the opportunity to take the survey.

Your school will receive an invoice from Endicott College's business office the month following submission of your completed survey order to The Endicott Research Center. (for example if you submit a registration form on October 1st, you will be invoiced in the month of November).

The survey should be taken by all students, the entire staff, and as many parents as possible.