The TELL MASS Survey is a statewide survey of school based licensed educators to determine if they have the supports necessary for effective teaching. The online survey is administered in Massachusetts every other year. During the four week window the survey is administered, educators may complete the survey anytime, from any Internet location, using an anonymous password.

Results from the survey are posted online for schools and districts that meet the minimum threshold of 50% response and at least 5 respondents. These results, as well as the results for the state, are posted approximately five weeks after the survey closes. Every school that reached 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.


Previous findings, as well as nationwide research, show that teaching conditions are positively associated with improved student achievement and teacher retention. The TELL MASS Survey provides educators with data, tools and direct support to facilitate school improvement. TELL MASS 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

A host of stakeholder groups, representing teachers, superintendents, community and businesses, collaboratively work with the Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education and New Teacher Center (NTC) to conduct the survey.