Certified Teacher Survey

Georgia Professional Standards Commission Certified Teacher Survey

We need your help! The Professional Standards Commission is inviting all of Georgia’s teachers to participate in a survey – we hope more of an “on-line interview” – asking about your likes and dislikes about teaching, so that we may better understand how to make teaching a more rewarding profession.

Because the interview is on-line, there is no need for you to take it at school. You’re welcome to sign on in the comfort of your own home or at your favorite coffee shop. It’s there any time of the day or night. Neither you nor any of your colleagues will ever be identified to anyone or to any institution. Furthermore, no school will ever be identified in any reports. We absolutely promise your complete anonymity so that you can be comfortable offering your candid opinions.

Teachers that helped us with development of the interview said it should take about twenty to thirty minutes to complete. We are very aware of the many hours you devote to your teaching, including and far beyond school hours. Although we would very much appreciate your help as soon as it is convenient for you, the interview will be available through May of 2007. If you can find the time to help us, please go to the secure interview page at https://survey.gapsc.com.

Please encourage your friends and colleagues wherever they are in Georgia to join you in taking the interview. The more of you who tell us what you think, the more powerful your message will be.

Below are a few comments we’ve received from teachers who have taken the interview. If you wish, you may read them at the bottom of this page, or on the second page of the interview itself.

Thank you so very much for your time!

A few notes about taking the interview:

You may find it helpful to expand the survey window to your full screen.

If you need to step away for a bit, the survey will stay connected without any activity (it won't "time out") for at least half an hour, so while you may not be able to leave it for a class, you can certainly stop to talk to a student during a planning period or grab a snack if at home.

If you close the interview window, the website will of course assume you're done and disconnect. If you start and find you can't continue, you may close it and start a new one later. We'll just pick the finished one!

Yes, we do ask for your last name and the last four digits of your social security number or your certification number so that we may look up your certification information and not have to ask all those questions. Your identification will be permanently deleted from the files once the certification information has been linked to your answers. Why ask? We want to learn, just for example, how English teachers feel differently from science teachers or elementary teachers. NO INDIVIDUAL, GROUP OF INDIVIDUALS WITHIN A SCHOOL, OR ANY SCHOOL WILL EVER BE IDENTIFIED IN ANY SURVEY REPORT.

If you have a question or comment about the survey, please get in touch with us at pscsurvey@gapsc.com. We'll be glad to help.


Comments from Teachers on the Interview:

I would like to take this opportunity to tell you how much I appreciated letting me voice my thoughts on the teaching profession and myself as a teacher. The survey ended up being a reflective and emotional experience for me. I have never had the opportunity to express my thoughts on the teaching profession in the hope that my thoughts would matter and possibly have an impact on the teaching profession.

Thank you for the opportunity to take the survey. It was well timed and appropriate. I do not mind sharing my name with you since "I own my words."

I did speak with several teachers today and NONE of them had done the survey for fear that it would be found out who said what.  . . . I'll pass on your promise that NO ONE will see that link except you.

Our principal told all of us we have to fill it out!!! But it was worthwhile. I don’t think I’ve ever had an opportunity to express my opinions to people who make the policies.

I wanted to let you know that really appreciate that you are taking the time to administer the teacher survey.

Thank you for the opportunity to participate in such a meaningful and well thought out survey.  I pray that it will guide others in the decisions that are made in education, especially as we face the changes that are necessary to forge deeper into this century of teaching, learning, and growing.