Parents & Teachers: Take the 5Essentials Survey

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 to take the parent survey. The survey closes on February 15, 2019.


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 2019 Illinois State Report Card for each D34 school.