TELL Ohio educator survey will help schools improve results

The Teaching, Empowering, Leading and Learning (TELL) Ohio survey will give teachers and administrators the chance to anonymously describe what conditions they need to do their jobs better, and thus boost student achievement.

During the week of March 11, all Ohio principals will receive a packet of letters about TELL Ohio for their educators from Acting Superintendent Michael L. Sawyers. Each letter has a different, anonymous, survey access code that can be used only one time. Principals or teacher leaders are asked to distribute a letter to each licensed educator and administrator, and to explain how the survey ensures confidentiality, as explained in the FAQs on the TELL Ohio website. Educators can complete the survey between March 18 and April 12.

Prepared by the New Teacher Center, the TELL Ohio survey is free for all Ohio schools. Each school with a response rate of at least 50 percent will receive customized supports, data tools, professional development and an online resource library of best practices as a result of their participation. Schools in other states have found this survey to be effective in establishing school improvement priorities and determining how they compare to other schools. It is co-sponsored by ODE in partnership with education organizations listed here.