Policymakers, practitioners, and researchers have long realized that teaching quality is the most important variable in student success. Supportive school environments, where educators are valued, trusted, and have the time and ability to collaborate, are necessary for enabling teachers to be successful. To assess whether these conditions are present across Vermont, the Vermont – National Education Association (NEA) initiated the first-ever statewide total population survey of certificated educators and education support professionals. In partnership with a coalition of state education organizations, the Vermont Teaching and Learning Conditions Licensed Educator Survey (Vermont TLC-LE) and the Vermont Teaching and Learning Conditions Education Support Professional Survey (Vermont TLC-ESP) were created and conducted in April of 2009.
More than 4,200 licensed educators (46 percent) and almost 2,000 education support professionals (estimated 30 percent) responded to the surveys. State and district results have been available since June of 2009 to all educators from the 166 schools in which at least 40 percent of the licensed faculty responded and the 85 schools for which at least 40 percent of the Education Support Professionals responded. Individual school data for those schools with sufficient response can be accessed at www.vtteachingandlearning.net.