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Survey: Kentucky Teachers More Positive About Their Schools Than Two Years Ago

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A record 89.3 percent of certified Kentucky educators responded to a voluntary biennial survey that asks teachers about the state of teaching and learning in the commonwealth.

Overall, the survey shows teachers are more positive than two years ago, with 87.9 percent of teachers calling their school a good place to work and learn. That’s compared to 85.2 percent in 2013.

The results of the Teaching, Empowering, Leading and Learning Survey—administered by the New Teacher Center—were released this week.

Some of the topics included in the survey are time, school leadership, teacher leadership, facilities and resources, professional development, community engagement and student conduct.

Statewide, “time” was the least positive category among educators who participated in the surve—though it, too, showed improvement over 2013’s survey. Seventy-five percent of respondents said they feel there's enough instructional time to meet the needs of all students. That's up from 68.6 percent in 2013.

(You can find Jefferson County-specific results here.)

The TELL survey was first conducted in 2011. The Kentucky Department of Education uses the results to form statewide policies.