AUSTIN – The Texas Education Agency today reminded teachers and
administrators of the May 31st deadline for a statewide survey on
school teaching and learning conditions.
The Teaching, Empowering, Leading, and Learning (TELL) Texas Survey is designed
to gather information on how teachers and other educators view the teaching and
learning conditions at their schools. Since the survey launched in early April,
more than 60,000 educators in 890 school districts have responded with campus
and district feedback through the TELL Texas survey.
The 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.
During the current survey period, educators can access the survey using a
unique, anonymous access code that was included in the materials mailed to each
principal before the survey began. Principals are asked to distribute the
access codes to all certified professional educators in their schools. 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.
The New Teacher Center (NTC), a national organization dedicated to
supporting the development of a high-quality teaching force, is administering
the survey. NTC has conducted similar surveys in other states, and since 2009
has heard from more than one million educators.
State, district, and school results will be posted on the TELL Texas website
approximately five weeks after the close of the survey for schools that have at
least 50 percent of educators and five staff members responding. A separate
survey of school superintendents will occur later this year.
If your district needs
assistance in securing or locating access codes for survey participation,
please visit www.telltexas.org/help/index
or call 800-310-2964. For more information about the 2014 TELL Texas
Survey, please visit www.telltexas.org.