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For Immediate Release
Monday, March 12, 2012
Contact:JC Considine 781-338-3112

Statewide Survey Launched to Gather Educator Feedback on Teaching & Learning Conditions in Public Schools

Survey aims to ensure that every Massachusetts educator works in, and every student attends, a school that is a great place to teach and learn

MALDEN - The Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE) today launched a statewide online survey on teaching and learning conditions in schools across the state, and encouraged every public school-based licensed educator in Massachusetts to participate and give her/his perspective on working conditions and school climate.

The 2012 TELL Mass (Teaching, Empowering, Leading and Learning in Massachusetts) survey will collect valuable feedback from educators on key educational issues including available time, facilities, resources, community engagement and support, instructional practices and more. The survey is voluntary, confidential and anonymous, and will take approximately 20-30 minutes to complete.

"We know that positive teaching and learning conditions are critical to meeting high standards and expectations, improving student performance and recruiting and retaining educators," said Elementary and Secondary Education Commissioner Mitchell Chester. "The TELL Mass survey will help us to ensure that educators have the time, tools and supports necessary to be effective in their classrooms and schools. I encourage every educator to participate in this valuable survey."

The online survey is being administered starting today through Friday, April 6, 2012. Educators can use a unique, anonymous access code provided to schools to complete the survey. The survey is available online at

The survey is funded through DESE's Race to the Top (RTTT) grant and is a required project for all RTTT districts. DESE's vendor, New Teacher Center, designed a customized survey tool, helped to convene an advisory group of key stakeholders, will oversee the survey implementation and provide analyses of the data. Schools must have at least a 50 percent response rate in order to receive school-level data from the survey. The data will be made public on the TELL Mass website in July 2012.

The following groups have partnered with DESE on the survey: the Massachusetts Board of Elementary and Secondary Education, the Massachusetts Administrators for Special Education, the Massachusetts Association for Bilingual Education, the Massachusetts Association of School Superintendents, the Massachusetts School Personnel Association, the American Federation of Teachers – Massachusetts, the Massachusetts Association of School Committees, the Massachusetts Association of Vocational Administrators, the Massachusetts Teachers Association, the National Institute for School Leadership, Teach Plus, the Rennie Center for Education Research and Policy and the New Teacher Center.

Last Updated: March 12, 2012
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