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Title: Public-Use Data Files and Documentation (FRSS 105): Condition of Public School Facilities: 2012-13
Description: This file contains data from a fast-response survey titled "Condition of Public School Facilities: 2012-13." This survey was designed to provide national estimates on the condition of public school facilities in the 2012-13 school year. NCES released the results of this survey in the First Look report “Condition of America’s Public School Facilities: 2012-13” (NCES 2014-022).

Questionnaires and cover letters were mailed in January 2013. While individual schools were sampled, the questionnaires were mailed to the districts with which the schools were associated. A separate questionnaire was enclosed for each sampled school. The cover letter indicated that the survey was designed to be completed by district-level personnel who were very familiar with the school facilities in the district. Often this was a district facilities coordinator (although the title of the position varied). The letter indicated that the respondent might want to consult with other district-level personnel or with school-level personnel, such as the principal of the sampled school, in answering some of the questions. Respondents were offered the option of completing the survey via the Web. Telephone follow-up for survey nonresponse and data clarification was initiated in February 2013 and completed in June 2013. The weighted response rate was 90 percent.

Respondents reported on the condition of 17 building systems/features and seven outdoor features. Data on the estimated total cost of all repairs/renovations/modernizations required to put the school’s onsite buildings in good overall condition were also collected. Other survey topics included the year in which the school’s main instructional building was constructed, and whether any major repair/renovation/modernization work was currently being performed. Respondents also reported whether various steps had been taken in the last 5 years to improve energy efficiency at the school.
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Cover Date: March 2014
Web Release: March 25, 2014
Publication #: NCES 2014018
Center/Program: NCES
Type of Product: Data File
Survey/Program Areas: Fast Response Survey System (FRSS)
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