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What is TALIS? The Teaching and Learning International Survey (TALIS) is a survey about teachers, teaching, and learning environments. TALIS offers teachers and principals the opportunity to provide their perspectives on the state of education in their own countries, allowing for a global view of teachers, the education systems in which they work, and the successes and challenges faced by teachers and school leaders. The study's main objective is to provide international indicators that will help countries develop well-informed education policy around schools and teachers and to help inform policymakers and educators around the world about shared concerns and promising educational approaches.

TALIS is composed of two questionnaires: one for school principals/administrators and another for teachers. Although themes in TALIS differ slightly in each administration, the themes generally include the following topics:

  • teachers' instructional practices and beliefs;
  • school leadership and management;
  • teachers' professional practices;
  • teacher education and initial preparation;
  • teacher feedback and professional development;
  • school climate;
  • job satisfaction (including motivation);
  • teacher human resource measures and stakeholder relations;
  • teacher autonomy and self-efficacy; and
  • diversity.

What is unique about TALIS?TALIS fills gaps in our knowledge of teacher and principal working conditions, an area that has been underrepresented in international studies of education. TALIS is unique because it is the only comparative international education study that collects data on a nationally representative sample of teachers. Other international studies such as the Trends in International Mathematics and Science Study (TIMSS), the Progress in International Reading Literacy Study (PIRLS), and the Program for International Student Assessment (PISA) include teacher questionnaires as part of their study; however, the data is representative on a student level, not a teacher level. The United States also collects nationally representative data on teachers and principals through the National Teacher and Principal Survey (NTPS); however, since this is a national survey, international comparisons are not available.

Who participates in TALIS? Coordinated by the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD), an intergovernmental organization of industrialized countries, TALIS focuses on ISCED level 2 teachers (lower secondary; equivalent to grades 7-9 in the United States) and their schools. Education systems also have the option to survey ISCED level 1 teachers (primary school teachers), and ISCED level 3 teachers (upper secondary teachers). However, most education systems participate at the lower secondary level. 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 20 teachers are asked to complete the survey. Participating schools and teachers must be randomly drawn in order to ensure the representativeness of the sample.

How often is TALIS administered? TALIS was first administered in 2008 and is administered every five years. The United States first participated in 2013, along with 33 other education systems. U.S. results for the 2013 administration of TALIS are available on the TALIS 2013 Results page. Full results from both rounds of TALIS are available on the OECD website. The United States will be participating in the next round of TALIS, which will be conducted in spring 2018. For other information or questions, see the TALIS brochure, view our Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) or you can use the "Contact Us" button at the top of the page.

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Teaching and Learning International Survey (TALIS) 2013: U.S. public-use and restricted-use data files and documentation released on February 26, 2016. Get the public-use data here.

Teaching and Learning International Survey (TALIS) 2013: U.S. Technical Report released on December 9, 2014. Read about the report here.

TALIS 2013 results released by the OECD on June 25, 2014. Read about the OECD's TALIS 2013 report here.

A set of TALIS 2013 tables with U.S. data released on June 25, 2014. These tables, adapted from the OECD's TALIS 2013 report, are available here .