The TELL (Teaching, Empowering, Leading and Learning) Kentucky survey is designed to gather input from teachers, counselors, principals, and other administrators who know best the working conditions in Kentucky’s schools. First administered in Kentucky in 2011, the biennial survey includes questions on the following topics:
- Community Engagement and Support
- Teacher Leadership
- School Leadership
- Managing Student Conduct
- Use of Time
- Professional Development
- Facilities and Resources
- Instructional Practices and Support
- New Teacher Support
TELL Survey 2017
The web-based survey is voluntary, anonymous and confidential. By surveying every school-based certified educator, valuable information about educators’ perceptions of teaching and learning conditions can be compiled and analyzed at the school, local, and state levels.
A Steering Committee works collaboratively with the New Teacher Center (NTC), a nonpartisan group dedicated to the development of an effective and inspired teaching force, to design and administer the biennial TELL survey. Research from the New Teacher Center demonstrates that positive teaching and learning conditions are essential for student success and teacher retention. By documenting and analyzing how teachers and other educators view their teaching and learning conditions, educators, stakeholders and policymakers can make evidence-based decisions on policies and practices that improve student learning and success.
Practically speaking, schools and districts use TELL survey results to plan impactful professional learning for teachers and administrators and inform goals to improve working conditions, and school and district improvement plans. At the Department of Education, TELL results guide decision making about needed support, services, and outreach to Kentucky’s schools and districts; contribute to development, revision, and monitoring of Kentucky’s Equitable Access to Effective Educators plan; and help to determine most appropriate resources for school improvement.
2017 TELL Kentucky Winners' Circle Schools
Ten Kentucky public schools were recognized for outstanding teaching and learning conditions. A winner is selected from each of the seven Supreme Court regions of the state, with three ‘at large’ winners selected to represent a variety of grade levels and demographics. These Winners' Circle schools were recognized for their effective teaching and school leadership practices and are shared as models of best practices across the state.
The final determination for inclusion in the Winners’ Circle was based on schools in each region with the highest growth in three TELL Kentucky constructs closely correlated with teacher retention and student achievement: school leadership, managing student conduct, and community engagement.