AUSTIN – Commissioner of Education Michael Williams today announced an
upcoming statewide survey of teachers and administrators on school teaching and
learning conditions. The Teaching,
Empowering, Leading, and Learning (TELL) Texas Survey – which officially opens
on April 7 – will gather information on how teachers and other educators
view the teaching and learning conditions at their schools.
TELL Texas Survey is part of House Bill 2012
passed last year by the Texas Legislature, which requires the Texas
Education Agency to develop an online teaching and learning conditions survey to be administered statewide biennially to
teachers, principals, counselors and other school-based professional staff. The
anonymous survey will provide valuable data for schools
and districts to use in improvement planning.
“This survey is a chance for
educators to share information about the professional development and learning
supports provided at their campus and in their district,” said Commissioner
Williams. “Every educator’s response is an essential component to helping
improve the learning environment all Texas teachers should expect in the years
the survey period (April 7 – May 5), educators will be able to access the
survey using a unique, anonymous access code that will be included in the
materials mailed to each principal the week before the survey begins. Questions
included on the survey cover a range of teaching conditions such as
instructional practices and support, time, school and teacher leadership,
facilities and resources, community engagement, professional development,
managing student conduct and new teacher support.
survey will be administered by the New Teacher Center (NTC), a national
organization dedicated to supporting the development of a high-quality teaching
force. NTC has conducted similar surveys in
other states, and since 2009 has heard from more than one million educators.
district, and school results will be posted on the TELL Texas web site
approximately five weeks after the close of the survey for schools who have at
least 50 percent of educators and five staff members responding. A
separate survey of school superintendents will occur later this year.
information about the 2014 TELL Texas Survey, please visit www.telltexas.org.