Kentucky schools and educators earned cash prizes recently for their participation in the fourth and final week of the Teaching, Empowering, Leading and Learning (TELL) Kentucky survey.

The winners are:

  • School: Horizons Academy, Nelson County school district
  • Educator: Prichard Elementary, Carter County school district
  • School districts with 50 percent or higher participation: Boyd County (87.87 percent) and Erlanger-Elsmere Independent (91.16 percent)

Horizons Academy will receive $1,000 for the school’s use. At Prichard Elementary, a random drawing will be held to select a educator from the school to receive $1,000. Boyd County and Erlanger-Elsmere Independent each will receive $1,000 for the districts’ use.

The statewide response for the TELL survey was more than 80 percent.

School and district completion rates are posted on the TELL Kentucky website at

On April 25, the embargoed release of the data will occur to superintendents and principals. Along with access to the data, each district will receive a district improvement guide and each school will receive a school improvement guide that provides assistance in interpreting and using the data for school improvement purposes. As follow-up, the Kentucky Department of Education will be providing webcasts and technical support on use of the data.

The public release of the data will occur on May 2. Following the public release, the Kentucky Board of Education will review the results at its June meeting for potential state policy and budget impacts.