The Teaching, Empowering, Leading and Learning (TELL) Vermont survey is an anonymous statewide survey of school-based educators to assess teaching conditions at the school, district and state level. Governor Shumlin, Secretary of Education Vilaseca, and the Vermont Education Association announced the  2013 TELL Vermont  Survey early in January. The 2013 survey was the second statewide survey of school based  educators and was administered March 25-April 19, 2013.  School-based licensed educators and designated Education Support Personnel* could complete the survey anytime during the survey window, 24 hours a day, from any Internet location using the anonymous access code provided. 

Previous findings, as well as nationwide research, show that teaching conditions are positively associated with improved student achievement and teacher retention. The TELL Vermont Survey results will provide educators with data, tools and direct support to facilitate school improvement. TELL Vermont 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
NTC administered the anonymous survey to all school-based licensed educators and paraprofessionals during the survey window. More than 6,000 educators across the state participated in the survey, yielding a response rate of 55 percent. Seventy percent (70%) of schools (225 out of 322) met or exceeded the 40 percent response rate threshold required to receive an individual school-level data report. All results may be viewed online at by clicking on Results.


*Education Support Personnel includes classroom instructional assistants as well as clerical support staff.