TALIS is composed of two questionnaires: one for school principals and another for teachers. Although themes in TALIS differ slightly from cycle to cycle, the themes generally include the following topics:
At no time are the names of individual teachers, principals or schools identified. Responses to the TALIS principal and teacher questionnaires are combined with those from other participating teachers across the United States to produce summary statistics and reports. Reports of the findings will not identify participating districts, students, or individual staff. Data provided by schools and staff may be used only for statistical purposes and may not be disclosed, or used, in identifiable form for any other purpose except as required by law (20 U.S.C. §9573 and 6 U.S.C. §151).
TALIS data conforms with the following federal regulations and policies: the Privacy Act of 1974 (5 U.S.C. 20, § 552a), Privacy Act Regulations (34 CFR Part 5b), the Education Sciences Reform Act of 2002 (ESRA 2002: 20 U.S.C., § 9543), the Computer Security Act of 1987, NCES Restricted-Use Data Procedures Manual, and the NCES Statistical Standards.