Karla Denny, Director of Communications, 785-296-4876
June 11, 2008
For Immediate Release
Results of Kansas Teaching, Learning & Leadership (KANTeLL) Survey Presented to the State Board of Education
The interim report of the results of the Kansas Teaching, Learning, & Leadership (KANTeLL) survey was presented to the State Board of Education today by Eric Hirsch, New Teacher Center at the University of California at Santa Cruz. The Kansas State Board of Education contracted with the New Teacher Center last fall to conduct an online survey of Kansas educators regarding overall working conditions, time, decision-making, professional development and facilities and resources.
In January, all Kansas teachers, principals, and licensed school-based educators had the opportunity to privately and anonymously provide input on issues critical to student learning. The United School Administrators of Kansas and Kansas National Education Association partnered with the Kansas State Board of Education and the Kansas State Department of Education in getting the word out to educators regarding this survey. More than 16,600 Kansas educators (42 percent) from across the state participated in the KANTeLL survey. This includes 14,868 teachers, 474 principals, 133 assistant principals and 1,179 other education professionals.
The results of the survey were very positive. The teachers participating expressed the opinion that others in their districts look upon them as educational experts. Teachers are involved in collaborative decision-making and many school districts have put effective processes in place so that teachers’ voices are heard.
Kansas educators also believe that their schools are good places to work and learn as nine in ten teachers (89%) responding to this survey indicate that they want to continue teaching at their school.
“This is great information to have as we look at teacher retention and recruitment in our state,” said Alexa Posny, Kansas Commissioner of Education. She continued, “The impact of this survey bodes well for Kansas as we use the data to enhance school improvement planning, engage faculty conversations, and work collaboratively with Kansas communities to ensure that all students meet or exceed high academic standards and are prepared for their next steps after completing high school.”