TDOE & TERA Launch 2024 Tennessee Educator Survey

The Tennessee Department of Education and TERA have launched the 2024 Tennessee Educator Survey.

The Tennessee Department of Education and the Tennessee Education Research Alliance (TERA) at Vanderbilt University have launched the 2024 Tennessee Educator Survey. The survey invites all educators, administrators, and certified school staff in Tennessee to share their perspectives and expertise on education issues affecting their classrooms and schools. The insights gathered will 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 from April 2 through April 26th. Schools with over a 90% participation rate will be eligible for a staff appreciation grant of $5,000 each, with six schools being selected through a lottery.

Commissioner of Education Lizzette Reynolds encourages all Tennessee educators to participate in the survey, stating that it is a valuable tool to hear directly from those instructing and supporting Tennessee students every day. Now in its 13th year, the survey measures key topics such as school climate, educator evaluations, instructional practice, professional learning, and student readiness. New this year, questions on the TISA funding formula and the state’s new School Letter Grades grading system will be included.

TERA Executive Director Laura Booker expressed excitement about the addition of questions on important state initiatives like education funding and school accountability. The survey also includes items about educators’ commitment to teaching, future plans, experiences with school leadership, and student mental health supports, which are key to ongoing research projects 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 or assistance accessing the individual survey link, educators can visit the Tennessee Department of Education website.

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