5Essentials Survey Window Now Open

The window for the state-mandated 5Essentials Survey now open!

Your input on this statewide survey -- given to parents of all students throughout the state of Illinois -- allows us to help us improve our schools for our students. As a parent, taking the survey will allow you to share your thoughts on the important elements of school effectiveness. The statewide Illinois 5Essentials Survey is administered for the Illinois State Board of Education 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 shows that schools strong on at least 3 of the 5Essentials are 10 times more likely to improve student outcomes.​​

Please click here or the button below starting on February 3 to take the parent survey. We ask that you take the survey for each school in which you have a child. We will be pleasantly persistent in the coming weeks as we hope to reach 100% participation before the survey closes on April 2, 2021. We plan to use the results of this year's survey to give us a clear picture of our schools' climate and culture. Results will be found on the 2021 Illinois State Report Card for each D34 school.

Look for an email in the coming days to families of 4th-8th grade students about the student survey.