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The 2017 TELL Kentucky Survey was the fourth statewide survey of school based licensed educators in Kentucky and used an updated survey instrument, keeping the core survey items while adding a few questions on specific areas of interest. NTC administered the anonymous, full-population survey to all school-based licensed educators March 1-March 31, 2017. Almost 41,500 educators (91 percent) in the state responded. This represents a two-percentage-point increase from the 89 percent responding in 2015 and an eleven-percentage-point increase over the 80 percent responding in 2011. 

Previous findings, as well as nationwide research, show that teaching conditions are positively associated with improved student achievement and teacher retention. The TELL Kentucky Survey provides educators with data, tools and direct support to facilitate school improvement. TELL Kentucky includes questions on the following topics:

  • Community Engagement and Support
  • Teacher Leadership
  • School Leadership
  • Managing Student Conduct
  • Use of Time
  • Professional Development
  • Facilities and Resources
  • Instructional Practices and Support
  • New Teacher Support


Ninety-two percent of schools (1,316 of 1,433) met or exceeded the 50 percent response rate (and at least 5 respondents) threshold required to receive an individual school-level data report. All results may be viewed online by clicking to view Survey Results.

A steering committee, comprised of stakeholder groups representing teachers, superintendents, community and business, collaboratively worked with 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 NTC’s work across the country with TELL surveys, please click here.