The Colorado Department of Education released results from the 2018 Teaching and Learning Conditions in Colorado (TLCC) survey last month. The TLCC survey asks Colorado preschool through high school teachers and administrators to rate their school’s teaching and learning conditions.
The TLCC survey, formerly known as TELL Colorado, is a confidential biennial survey required by House Bill 08-1384 to study teaching and learning conditions in Colorado schools. The survey links teaching and learning conditions to improving student achievement and retaining teachers.
The survey also provides additional data for schools and districts to support school and program design, professional development programs, and improvement programs. In addition, the TLCC survey provides data on how school conditions impact staff retention and student achievement.
TLCC survey one of four in Jeffco Schools
The TLCC survey is one of four school climate surveys in Jeffco. The others include the biennial Make Your Voice Heard survey taken by students in grades 2-12, the annual Family School Partnership survey, and the biennial Jeffco Employee Survey.
In Jeffco, survey data is provided to Achievement Directors and schools to “help schools determine their areas of strength and need,” said Heather MacGillivary, Jeffco Schools director of assessment and research. “In this way, schools have a holistic picture of their climate and overall readiness to learn.”
CDE directs schools to evaluate survey data in conjunction with student achievement data and staff turnover. Looking at all three sets of data provides a more complete picture of school environment.
CDE recommends eight concepts for analyzing and using the TLCC results. One concept is that a principal cannot completely control the school environment. For example, social trends and federal, state and local policies are beyond a principal’s control.
CDE also recommends that schools spend time reviewing survey results to identify and celebrate positive trends and to address areas for improvement. CDE encourages data-driven discussions that address the root causes of identified problems and viable solutions.
The TLCC survey results should be shared with all Jeffco School Accountability Committees. Those committees will also make recommendations for maintaining or improving school culture and climate.