MTA on TELL Mass: Procedures for Taking the Survey
The TELL Mass survey will be available between March 12 and April 6, 2012.
All schools in Race to the Top districts are required to participate in the survey. Superintendents are responsible for ensuring that the district complies with this requirement. (RTTT Project 2B.1) The Commissioner is asking all districts that are not included in Race to the Top to participate in the survey, as well.
All school-based educators who work in a position requiring a license are eligible to take the survey. Eligible staff members who are assigned to more than one school should take the survey using an access code number for their “home” school or the school where they spend the majority of their time.
Survey access codes will be delivered in bundles addressed to school principals during the week of March 5-9, 2012.
Principals are responsible for the random distribution of the access codes to all educators eligible to take the survey. Building representatives/local presidents should contact the help desk at the TELL Mass at 1-888-601-5826 if the codes have not been distributed by March 13 or if principals are not cooperating with the survey requirements.
- The process for distributing access codes to educators must ensure anonymity. School staff must feel confident that they are responding to the survey anonymously. For example, survey code letters should NOT be placed in educators’ mailboxes.
- A school staff meeting where a building representative/local president along with the principal explains the purpose and logistics of the survey could be helpful in addressing educators’ concerns.
- Educators could select a random letter from the bundle; educators could swap letters at any time before accessing the survey.
- Each code will allow the survey to be accessed only once.
The survey takes no more than 30 minutes to complete.
The survey must be completed in one sitting; incomplete responses cannot be saved and finished at another time. This approach helps to ensure anonymity.
The survey may be taken from any internet location; it does not have to be completed on a school computer.