About TELL Kentucky
The Teaching, Empowering, Leading and Learning (TELL) Kentucky Survey is an online, anonymous survey of all licensed public school educators in Kentucky’s public schools, designed to garner Kentucky's public school educators’ perception of their school environments. TELL Kentucky was administered March 1-25, 2011. This was the first statewide opportunity in Kentucky for all educators to provide input on teaching conditions.
The purpose of the survey is to support sound educational policies and practices based on the views of teachers, principals and other certificated educators in our public schools. The respondents were asked for their perceptions on a variety of issues related to student achievement and teacher retention, including the adequacy of facilities and resources, time, empowerment, school leadership, community support, student conduct, professional development, mentoring and induction services, and student learning.
Over eighty percent (more than 42,000) of Kentucky's educators completed the voluntary survey, providing valuable data for school, district, and state policymakers-based on input from those which research has shown to be the most valuable in improving student achievement- practicing educators in our schools. School-level data results are now available for schools that reached the minimum response rate threshold of at least fifty percent in order to have their own data available. This unique data set will be a tremendous asset as school leaders plan for improvement over the next two years.
A coalition of partners was convened in the summer of 2010 to design TELL Kentucky, which captures the perceptions of all school-based licensed educators about learning conditions through an anonymous process. By documenting and analyzing how educators view critical teaching and learning conditions, this initiative focuses on providing each Kentucky school with its own data that can become a part of the on-going improvement planning processes.