5 Essentials Survey Students, teachers and parents across Illinois are invited to participate in the fourth annual statewide Illinois 5Essentials Survey. This survey is designed to generate a detailed picture of the inner workings of your child’s school. As a parent, this opportunity will allow you to share your thoughts on the important elements of school effectiveness in a survey about your child’s school. On behalf of the Illinois State Board of Education, the Illinois 5Essentials Survey will be administered online by UChicago Impact at the University of Chicago. The survey gathers data related to five indicators that can predict important student outcomes, including improved attendance and larger test score gains. These five indicators that affect and predict school success are: · Effective Leaders · Collaborative Teachers · Involved Families · Supportive Environments · Ambitious Instruction Prior research in more than 400 schools has shown that schools that were strong on at least three of these “5Essential” indicators were 10 times more likely to improve student learning gains in math and reading than those that were weak on three or more Essentials. You may recall that last year we had the choice to "opt out" of doing the 5 Essentials Survey because we administer an annual Climate Survey to students, parents, and staff. The timing of that survey, the low response rate among parents, the number of pilot programs and curricular initiatives currently underway in D124, and the prospect of developing a new strategic plan next spring led me to believe that getting the kind of feedback the 5 Essentials Survey yields could be a helpful tool to aid us in planning for the future.
All D124 teachers and students in 6th, 7th, and 8th grade have been invited by ISBE to respond to this survey. 5Essentials Reports will be generated for schools if their teachers and/or students meet the response rate threshold of 50 percent. These reports will be sent to schools and districts in March 2017 and will also be included in the State School Report Card.
Additionally, our district has chosen to provide the optional 5Essentials parent survey. A parent supplement will also be generated if at least 20% of the parents at a school complete this survey. The parent data will not be reported on the State Report Card.
Your participation in the parent portion of the survey will help us understand the conditions at your child’s school and guide improvement. Your identity and survey responses will be kept completely confidential and will never be connected to you or your child.
The Illinois 5Essentials Survey will be conducted through January 16, 2017. To take the survey please click the GREEN BAR BELOW which will take you to the next page. Survey Link: Click HERE