Teachers voice opinions about working conditions in state survey

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By Meaghan Downs

Anderson County teachers love where they work, according to a statewide survey that asks staff to comment anonymously on their district’s teaching conditions.
The Kentucky Department of Education released survey results of the New Teacher Center’s Teaching, Empowering, Leading and Learning (TELL) Kentucky survey last Wednesday.
About 90.57 percent of Anderson County teachers — 240 out of 265 educators —completed the spring 2013 survey compared to the state’s 86.86 percent, according to the TELL survey website.
The first TELL Kentucky survey was conducted in 2011 and will be offered to Kentucky teachers every two years.
All 174 Kentucky school districts participated in the voluntary survey, which poses numerous questions including teacher’s working environment, administration and community support and access to technology.  
In order to receive a feedback report for an individual school district, more than 50 percent of that district’s teachers needed to respond to survey questions.
When answering the question “Overall, my school is a good place to work and learn,” about 85.3 percent of Anderson County teachers agreed.
The lowest approval percentage was for the role teachers have in providing input on how the school budget is spent. Only 44 percent of district teachers agreed with that statement.
According to an e-mail from Superintendent Sheila Mitchell, the TELL Kentucky survey results will be used to help principals develop professional growth plans to impact overall student achievement, and to identify professional development needs for their building and three-year improvement plans.
For more information on overall TELL Kentucky survey results or to view individual school results, visit www.tellkentucky.org/results and click on the Anderson County link.