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What is the “TELL Delaware” survey?

The TELL Delaware Survey is an online survey that offers every certified educator in Delaware the opportunity to provide input on teaching conditions that can be used to inform state, district and school improvements. The Delaware Department of Education, has 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. 

Why is it important to complete the TELL Delaware Survey?

A growing body of research connects positive teaching conditions to student learning and teacher retention. For more information, visit:


Who can participate in the TELL Delaware survey?

Any certified educator who meets the following criteria is invited to participate in the TELL Delaware survey:

  • Is currently working in a Delaware district school, program or eligible facility
  • Is a certified teacher/educator (full and/or part-time)
  • Is a school principal, assistant principal, or other building-level administrator


Do central office certified personnel participate in the TELL Delaware survey?

No. Only school-based certified educators are eligible to participate.


How long does it take to complete the survey?

The survey takes approximately 30 minutes to complete and must be completed in one session.


How do I take the survey?

Once you receive your anonymous access code from your school representative:

  • Visit
  • Click on the “Take the Survey” button
  • Select your district from the drop down menu
  • Press the Select button
  • Then select your school from the drop down menu
  • Press the Select button
  • Enter your anonymous access code
  • Complete the survey


The survey is available 24 hours a day from May 1 – 26, 2017, from any Internet-enabled device.


How will teachers and administrators receive their anonymous access codes?

Each school’s DSEA association representative will receive a packet containing TELL Delaware instructions and letters with individual access codes. ARs will work with principals to conduct a faculty meeting prior to the start date of the survey to:

  • Share key information about the TELL Delaware Survey
  • Disseminate the letters with access codes


In the case of charter schools or other schools that have no association representative assigned, the school’s principal will receive the packet.


What if I misplace, never received, or my school does not receive the anonymous access codes?


Do administrators and teachers receive a different set of access code letters?

  • No.  Both will access the same survey from the
  • Both will enter the anonymous access code found on the letter.
  • Participants will be prompted to select school position: teacher or principal.
  • The principal will receive many of the same questions as teachers and an additional bank of questions designed for administrators.


How will I know my responses were submitted successfully?

When your responses are received, you will see this message: "Thanks! Your survey is completed.”


How can I be sure the survey is anonymous?

  • No questions refer to an individual educator or administrator
  • No questions ask about specific subject areas or grade levels
  • School report data (for all schools that reach 50% response rate with a minimum 5 teachers) do not identify any teacher or administrator in a school or district
  • The answers to demographics questions are reported only at the state level, not at district or school level
  • No teacher or principal can be connected to a particular response


What if I’m the only new teacher or the only one in my role? How will my responses be anonymous?

  • School level reports require a minimum sample size of five (5); unless at least five teachers within their first three years of teaching provide responses, no data will appear on the school report for the “New Teacher”.
  • It is not possible to view response data by role, years of experience, or any other demographic information at the school or district level.


How can I know when a school reaches the minimum 50% response rate needed for school-level data?

  • Visit
  • Click “Response Rate” button
  • Search for your school by typing the name in the search bar
  • Select your school from the list
  • View a response rate tracker in real time!


When will the results be ready? How can they be viewed?

School and district survey reports will be available on approximately 5 weeks after the survey window closes. Results show answers to every question by school,* district, and grade level (*for schools reaching the minimum threshold for response)


How are the administrator results reported?

To ensure anonymity of all respondents, administrator responses are not identified or reported on the website in the school or district web reports.


How can I view real-time response and access other TELL Delaware resources and information?

Visit for the live response rate, and for additional information, including a link to the April 27 Pre-Survey Webinar registration and recording.