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Teaching and Learning Conditions Survey Can Help Improve Schools

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Recently, Oregon conducted a comprehensive statewide survey of teachers and administrators to assess the teaching and learning conditions in our public schools. The Teaching, Empowering, Leading and Learning (TELL) Oregon survey, which was completed by more than 19,300 Oregon educators, documents and analyzes how teachers and other educators view the teaching and learning conditions at their school, and empower teachers and administrators in working together to strengthen their school, classroom, practices, collaborative leadership and culture. The results also provide policy makers and Oregonians with a true understanding of the opportunities and challenges in our schools.

Here are some of the highlights from the survey results:

  • Educators express serious concerns over class-size: Three out of four teachers believe their class sizes do not allow them to effectively support student learning. Of the 17 states which have conducted the TELL survey, Oregon respondents reported the most concern over class-size.
  • Teachers need more time to support students: Only half of educators feel they have sufficient time to collaborate with their colleagues. Less than half agree they can focus on instruction with minimal interruptions or that efforts are made to minimize paperwork. Two thirds of educators feel they do not have sufficient non-instructional (prep) time.
  • Most educators believe their school is a good place to work and learn: More than 8 of 10 respondents believed their school was a good place to work and learn.
  • Teachers believe they make a difference and have high expectations for students: More than nine of 10 educators view teachers as impacting students’ lives and as having high student expectations. Close to nine of 10 educators report teachers are encouraged to try new things to improve instruction.

For a full report on survey results and to view district and school specific data, visit the TELL Oregon website.