TTFM Frequenly Asked Questions

What is Tell Them From Me (TTFM)?

  • Tell Them From Me is an online survey evaluation system designed by Dr. J. Doug Willms and The Learning Bar. A suite of surveys for students, teachers, and parents are available for use. TTFM provides anonymous and reliable data to support school improvement planning. There are currently 200 districts using TTFM across Canada.

Why are we doing the survey?

  • Regina Public Schools are committed to gaining a better understanding of our student population so that it will help us improve student achievement. Students will be able to share their ideas, thoughts or concerns about their school; their input will help make sure that their school is safe and welcoming.

Who will complete this survey?

  • All students from Grades 6-12 will be invited to complete the survey in each school in 2013-2014.  There are two different surveys; an Elementary survey for Grades 4-8 and a Secondary for Grades 9-12. The elementary survey has approximately 100 questions and takes approximately 40 minutes to complete. The secondary survey has approximately 130 questions and takes approximately 30 minutes to complete. Questions in both surveys are very short - either multiple choice, yes/no, or agree/disagree, with one open ended question.

How will the survey be completed?

  • Students in grades 6 to 10 will complete the survey online at school during a scheduled block/period.

When will the survey be done?

  • Schools are to decide when to complete the survey between October 1, 2013 and November 25, 2014  Parents should watch the school newsletter and website for communication regarding the survey.

Why can’t students complete the survey at home?

  • We want to ensure that we obtain as much reliable and authentic data as possible, and as such we want students to complete the survey in the very environment that the survey is asking them questions on. This is a school-based survey designed to gather a “snapshot” of a student perspective of school safety and student motivation and engagement.

How is the TTFM survey anonymous?

  • TTFM and The Learning Bar build in measures to ensure that the data collection is anonymous. Students are assigned a random user id to take the survey. This user id is not tied to any piece of individual student information. Schools have been directed to NOT track the distribution of these id’s to students, nor to track which students have completed the survey. Students access the survey via a secure web interface. When results are reported to schools, it is not possible for schools to see individual results, only aggregated data. The Learning Bar will automatically not report a survey measure result with less than 5 students; open-ended questions must contain a minimum of 10 students. Further support on anonymity and data suppression and reporting thresholds is provided by The Learning Bar.

What if students don’t want to answer certain questions?

  • Completing the survey is voluntary. Individual questions can be skipped if students are not comfortable answering a particular question. Because of the survey composition, a specific survey measure will have a few questions related to it so that if an individual question is skipped, it will not affect the reliability of the measure.