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News Release - TELL Colorado Survey Deadline Extended

Feb. 24, 2011

News Release

Survey Window Extended To Friday, March 4, For “TELL Colorado” Statewide Survey of Teaching and Learning Conditions

The Colorado Department of Education announced today that there is just over one week left for school-based educators across the state to complete the survey of teaching and learning conditions. The survey window was scheduled to close on Monday, Feb. 28, but has been extended to Friday, March 4, to ensure that more educators have the opportunity to participate.

The TELL Colorado survey opened to all school-based educators on Monday, Jan. 31.

“So far we’ve had 20,000 educators complete the survey,” said Lisa Medler, TELL Colorado state coordinator. “That’s about 3,000 less than our final completion numbers in 2009. We’ve extended the window because we want to hear from every teacher and administrator in Colorado so every school has the data it needs to improve teaching and learning conditions.”

All principals, specialists, assistant principals, building-level administrators (such as deans) and charter school teachers (regardless of licensure status) should take the survey, as should full- or part-time licensed teachers including instructional coaches, mentor teachers, department heads, vocational teachers, literacy specialists, endorsed school librarians, itinerant teachers, long-term substitutes and other specialists such as special education teachers, speech therapists and audiologists, school psychologists, school psychiatrists, social workers and school nurses.

The survey was initiated by the Colorado Department of Education in response to House Bill 08-1384. An initial survey was created and conducted in May 2009. More than 23,000 educators (36 percent) responded to the survey. Key findings of the 2009 final report can be found at: http://www.tellcolorado.org/research2009

The 2011 survey is being launched in partnership with Gov. Hickenlooper, the Colorado Association of School Boards, the Colorado Education Association, the Colorado Association of School Executives and the Colorado League of Charter Schools. Numerous other organizations have helped to develop and support the survey.

The TELL Colorado Survey will capture anonymously educators’ perceptions about teaching and learning conditions. Research supports that these conditions influence student achievement and teacher retention. Each Colorado school will receive its own data for ongoing improvement planning – if at least a 50 percent of their staff participates. Responses will be anonymous and confidential.

Educators have received a personal security code which allows them to access the survey online and provide their perceptions on critical issues, such as time, facilities and resources, community engagement and support, student conduct management, teacher leadership, school leadership, professional development, instructional practices and support and resources for new teachers.

The confidential survey can be completed in 20 to 30 minutes and can be completed from anywhere with Internet access. Educators with questions about the survey process or who need another access code may e-mail the Tell Colorado help desk at helpdesk@tellcolorado.org or phone 888-280-7903.

The initial data will be available by mid-March for schools and districts to use in identifying strengths and recognizing areas in need of improvement. TELL Colorado Survey partners believe the results will help place educators' experiences and perceptions at the center of school, district and state efforts to improve Colorado education.

The Colorado Department of Education, through a competitive review process, selected the New Teacher Center (NTC) to conduct the survey. NTC is a nonpartisan group with a mission to support the development of an effective, dedicated and inspired teaching force. NTC also has vast experience conducting similar surveys across the country.

For more information about the survey, visit www.tellcolorado.org.

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