Educators: Here's your chance to speak your mind
What is the TELL Mass survey?
If you are public school educator in Massachusetts, this is your chance to “tell” about the teaching, learning and leadership conditions at your school.
The TELL Mass survey – TELL stands for Teaching, Empowering, Learning and Leading – is open to educators and administrators from Tuesday, January 21 until Monday, March 3. The survey results provide valuable insight into your school and your school district. The survey results provide an impetus for educators – teachers and administrators – to engage in collaborative problem-solving efforts to improve those conditions in their schools.
The survey is an anonymous, online survey. If you are a licensed school-based educator in Massachusetts, please take the time to take it.
Why should I take the survey?
Survey results provide a detailed look at working conditions, class sizes, community support, student discipline, the quality of professional development, the atmosphere of trust and a whole host of other issues at your school. These results are valuable on multiple levels. They help to identify what is working and what is not and give educators and administrators an incentive to work collaboratively to solve problems and build on strengths.
At least half of a school’s eligible staff must take the survey in order to receive the results. Effective use of survey results requires a high response rate. In 2012, the last time the survey was administered, more than 52,000, which is about half of Massachusetts’ public school educators, participated in the survey. In 2014, we hope to increase the response rate substantially. Click here to view prior survey results.
Participation in the TELL Mass survey is required for all Race to the Top districts. The Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education is administering the survey.
While the survey is open, real-time response rates for each school and district will be displayed at tellmass.org.
How do I access the survey?
You will need an access code to take the survey. These codes were scheduled to be delivered to school principals prior to the survey’s opening date on Jan. 21, and principals are responsible for the random distribution of the access codes to all eligible educators. Once you have received a code, you can access the survey at tellmass.org.
If you have not received a school code from your principal by January 28, do not hesitate to reach out to the TELL Mass Help Desk. Help desk personnel are authorized to send multiple codes to an individual educator for the staff at his or her school. Help desk staff can also provide single replacement codes and answer general questions about the survey implementation.
The TELL Mass Help Desk can be reached at 800-310-2964. It will be open from 7:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday from Jan. 21-March 3.
What’s the MTA’s role in the TELL Mass survey?
The MTA is a member of the TELLS 2014 Advisory Council and strongly supports the survey. We ask for your help in ensuring a high participation rate. Teachers will need support and encouragement from local leaders to make sure that the voices of educators are heard. We ask local MTA leaders to inform MTA member-educators about the survey, make sure that access codes are distributed and explain hat the survey is confidential and anonymous.
What else do I need to know?
Additional information is available at tellmass.org. There you’ll find:
- Survey questions
- Tools for using the data
- Frequently Asked Questions
- A promotional poster/flyer
MTA TELL Mass HOTLINE
Have questions the TELL Mass HELP DESK can’t answer?
The MTA has set up a hotline specifically for TELL Mass-related questions. Call us at 800-277-8170 or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.