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TEA News Releases Online May 12, 2014

Statewide teaching and learning conditions survey deadline approaching

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 or call 800-310-2964. For more information about the 2014 TELL Texas Survey, please visit