Tennessee Educator Survey launches statewideby Joan Brasher Mar. 7, 2019, 8:31 PM
The Tennessee Education Research Alliance, a research-practice partnership between Vanderbilt University and the Tennessee Department of Education, has released the 2019 Tennessee Educator Survey to all teachers, administrators, and certified staff across the state.
Now in its eighth year, the confidential and voluntary annual survey develops a deeper understanding of the educator’s perspective to guide strategies and goals at the state, district, and local school levels.
This year’s survey, open from March 5 to April 19, includes topics such as educator evaluations, school climate and professional learning, as well as an opportunity to provide feedback specific to an educator’s school district. All Tennessee educators received an email earlier this week with a link to the survey.
Educators who participate are eligible to win grants for their school or classroom. Survey results will be shared in May with districts and schools that meet or exceed a 45 percent response rate. The results for those who meet the minimum participation threshold are released publicly via the Tennessee Educator Survey website in August.
“The Educator Survey is a valuable tool that helps researchers and policymakers evaluate what policies are working and what changes could be made.”
“The Educator Survey is a valuable tool that helps researchers and policymakers evaluate what policies are working and what changes could be made in Tennessee’s education system,” said Erin O’Hara, executive director of the Tennessee Education Research Alliance. “We encourage educators across the state to utilize this opportunity to make their voices heard.”
Past surveys have helped secure additional funding for RTI2, led to the development of unit starters for elementary ELA teachers, influenced the department’s counseling standards and training, and helped define goals for improving the system of educator evaluation.
For more information and to read survey snapshots from previous Tennessee Educator Surveys, visit the Tennessee Education Research Alliance survey webpage.
Tennessee Education Research Alliance
The Tennessee Education Research Alliance is a research partnership between Vanderbilt’s Peabody College of Education and Human Development and the Tennessee Department of Education, whose mission is to inform Tennessee’s school improvement efforts with data from useful, timely and high-quality research.