The TALIS design
TALIS is administered through surveys of nationally representative samples of teachers and principals or head administrators at the lower secondary level (grades 7, 8, and 9 in the United States).
In order to represent the country accurately and reliably, each country must sample at least 200 schools. At each selected school, the school principal and up to 22 teachers are asked to complete the survey. Participating schools and teachers must be randomly drawn in order to ensure the representativeness of the sample.
Teachers and principals can complete the questionnaires online or with paper-and-pencil. The teacher and principal questionnaires include questions about the following core components:
The survey responses are entirely confidential and at no time are the names of individual teachers, principals or schools identified.
Versions of the 2013 TALIS questionnaires as administered in the United States
Links to the TALIS 2008 Questionnaires