TELL Kentucky Survey underway

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FRANKFORT — From now through March 31, school-based certified educators in all 173 Kentucky school districts will be able to share their thoughts about the working conditions in their schools through the 2017 TELL (Teaching, Empowering, Leading and Learning) Kentucky Survey. Officials kicked off the fourth biennial statewide survey at Clear Creek Elementary School in Shelbyville recently.

The TELL Kentucky Survey is designed to gather a variety of information from teachers, counselors, principals and other administrators who deal with teaching and learning conditions every day – including the adequacy of facilities and resources; time; empowerment; school leadership; community support; student conduct; professional development; mentoring and induction services; and student learning. The web-based survey is voluntary, anonymous and confidential.

As when the survey was first given in 2011, the results will be used to enhance school improvement efforts and student outcomes.

“The TELL Kentucky Survey allows educators to use their voice to ensure there are quality learning environments in our schools and districts. It is really used at all levels to make improvements,” said Commissioner of Education Stephen Pruitt. “We want every teacher to tell us what is going on in their schools so we can work together to bring about positive change for all Kentucky students.”

The survey provides each Kentucky school with a minimum of five respondents and a 50 percent or greater response rate, its specific data that can become a part of the ongoing improvement planning process.

At the state level, the data is useful to the Kentucky Board of Education, the Kentucky Department of Education, legislators and other policymakers who are committed to listening to the voices of educators as they develop and implement education policies.

Kentucky had more than an 89 percent response rate to the TELL Kentucky Survey in 2015 – the highest response rate of any state. State and local leaders are hoping for an even better response rate this year. The survey takes approximately 30 minutes to complete.

To encourage greater participation in the TELL Kentucky Survey, the Kentucky Education Association, Kentucky Association of School Superintendents, Kentucky Association of School Administrators, the Center for Education Leadership and Jefferson County Teachers Association, contributed prize money for weekly drawings to be held throughout the period during which the survey is live. No public monies are being used for TELL prizes.

Every school that reaches a 50 percent response rate is entered into a drawing for a $500 cash award for the school. Schools that reach 100 percent response rates are entered into a drawing for a $500 cash award to go to an individual educator. Additionally, one school and one individual educator will be selected to receive $500 cash awards at the conclusion of the survey window.

The TELL Kentucky Survey is administered by the New Teacher Center (NTC), a national non-profit organization dedicated to supporting the development of a high-quality teaching force. NTC has conducted similar surveys in other states. Survey data collected from across the country since 2002 demonstrates three primary findings:

· Teacher working conditions are critical for increasing student achievement.

· Improving working conditions creates a more stable teaching force.

· Considerable gaps exist between the perceptions of teachers and administrators regarding the presence of key working conditions.

NTC will aggregate and report results from the 2017 TELL Kentucky survey by June. These reports will be a compilation of educator responses to all questions and will be presented as bar charts and in Excel format for the school (if at least 50 percent of educators and a minimum of five educators respond), district and state.

TELL Kentucky is conducted under the leadership of the Kentucky Department of Education and supported by a steering committee of education organizations and partners, all whom believe that it is critically important to listen to educators’ views when shaping school improvement strategies.

For more information about the 2017 TELL Kentucky Survey, visit

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