Colorado Teaching, Empowering, Leading & Learning Initiative

Welcome! The most up-to-date information on the 2013 TELL Colorado survey can be found on our new site.

The Teaching, Empowering, Leading and Learning (TELL) Colorado survey is an anonymous statewide survey of licensed, school-based educators to assess teaching conditions at the school, district and state level. (Note: teachers and principals in charter schools are included and do not need to be licensed to participate.) The survey results are intended to support school and district improvement planning and to inform policy decisions.

The TELL Colorado survey will be administered February 6-March 6, 2013. School-based, licensed educators may complete the survey anytime during the four-week window, 24 hours a day, from any Internet location using the anonymous access code provided. Please visit this website in the next few weeks for more details!


TELL Colorado 2013 will be the third statewide survey of educators. For information about the previous surveys, including school, district and state results, click here. Previous findings, as well as nationwide research, show that teaching conditions are positively associated with improved student achievement and teacher retention.

The 2013 TELL Colorado Survey will provide educators with data, tools and direct support to facilitate school improvement. The TELL Colorado Survey includes questions on the following topics:

• Community Engagement and Support

• Teacher Leadership

• School Leadership

• Managing Student Conduct

• Use of Time

• Professional Development

• Facilities and Resources

• Instructional Practices and Support

• New Teacher Support

Every school that reaches the minimum response rate threshold of 50% (and a minimum of 5 respondents) will be able to use its own data in school improvement planning. The TELL Colorado Survey will be administered over a four-week window. Anyone can view the live response rate tracker for every school by visiting the response rate page on the website during the survey window.