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About TELL Delaware

The Teaching, Empowering, Leading and Learning (TELL) Delaware survey is an anonymous statewide survey of licensed school-based educators to assess teaching conditions at the school, district and state level. The Delaware Department of Education, partnered with Delaware State Edcuation Association, Delaware Association of School Administrators, Delaware School Boards Association, and the New Teacher Center to conduct the 2017 TELL Delaware survey May 2 - 26, 2017. The TELL Survey is a full population survey designed to report educators’ perceptions about the presence of teaching and learning conditions. School-based licensed educators were able to complete the survey anytime during the five-week window, 24 hours a day, from any Internet location using the anonymous access code provided. 

Research from around the country shows that teaching conditions are positively associated with improved student achievement and teacher retention. The TELL Delaware results will provide educators with data, tools and direct support to facilitate school improvement.  TELL Delaware 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
The survey concluded with a response rate of 59 percent, representing 6,153 respondents out of a reported 10,392 school-based licensed educators in Delaware. Nearly 80 percent of schools (175 out of 225, 78 percent) met the 50 percent and minimum 5 respondents response rate threshold required to receive an individual school-level data report. All results may be viewed on the Results page.