TDOE & TERA Launch 2024 Tennessee Educator Survey

Tuesday, April 02, 2024 | 01:00pm


Grant Opportunities Available for Schools with Over 90% Participation  

Nashville, TN—Today, the Tennessee Department of Education and the Tennessee Education Research Alliance (TERA) at Vanderbilt University launched the 2024 Tennessee Educator Survey. All educators, administrators, and certified school staff in Tennessee are invited and encouraged to take the survey and share their perspectives and expertise on education issues affecting their classrooms and schools, and help inform strategies and goals at the state, district, and local school levels.  

Tennessee educators should receive an email with a personalized survey invitation link to participate. The survey is voluntary, confidential and will remain open April 2 through April 26th. Through a lottery, six schools with over a 90% participation rate will be eligible for a staff appreciation grant of $5,000 each.  

“The Tennessee Educator Survey is such a valuable tool to hear directly from those who are instructing and supporting Tennessee students every day—our educators—and I am eager to hear your thoughts and feedback,” said Lizzette Reynolds, Commissioner of Education. “I encourage all Tennessee educators to participate to elevate your voice and further inform decision-making for education in our great state.” 

Now in its 13th year, the survey measures key topics that district and school leaders monitor annually, including school climate, educator evaluations, instructional practice, professional learning, student readiness, and new this year will be questions on the TISA funding formula and the state's new School Letter Grades grading system. Last year, over 50% of Tennessee educators completed the survey, offering key insights into learning loss recovery, teacher satisfaction and retention, and much more.

"We are excited about the additions of questions on important state initiatives like education funding and school accountability," said Laura Booker, Executive Director of TERA. "Educator responses on items about their commitment to teaching, future plans, experiences about school leadership, and student mental health supports are also key to ongoing research projects we are doing in partnership with the state." 

Districts and schools with at least a 45% participation rate will receive aggregate results from the survey to inform decisions at the local level.

For more information about the Tennessee Educator Survey, click here. For assistance accessing the individual survey link, please click here.

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