Surveys and Engagement

Surveys and Engagement

CSCI Climate Survey

Click here for information on the Comprehensive School Climate Inventory (CSCI) survey being administered in December 2016.

Strategic Planning Survey

From October 25, 2015 through November 8, 2015, the Board of Education welcomed community input via an online survey open to parents, residents, and staff. Click here to learn more about the strategic planning process and the survey designed by ECRA Group, Inc.

Facilities-Focused Research

  • A Staff Facilities Survey was opened in April and May 2014. The survey was designed to help guide the Facilities Committee in supporting the planning of long-term facility needs over the following several years by gathering feedback from employees about each school. The survey addressed a variety of building components, ranging from green space and classroom size to visitor parking and safety. In September 2015, we then welcomed community and feedback on design concepts created by three architectural firms for the potential construction of a new Hinsdale Middle School. That feedback was gathered to inform (1) the Facilities Committee's rankings of the three firms, (2) the Board of Education's decision making, and (3) any future design work should new construction move forward. Additionally, all community members and staff were invited to complete a comprehensive survey on facilities options (i.e. renovation vs new construction) and District performance. Results and further details on these surveys can be accessed on our Facilities Master Plan webpage.
  • In April 2016, we invited residents, staff, and employees of local businesses to complete an online survey seeking input on the failed March 2016 referendum and next steps for HMS. Our partner firm also conducted a phone survey with 500 D181 residents. We then held two round-table engagement events to welcome further feedback in a conversational format. Reports and presentations from that work are available on the now-archived HMS Referendum webpage.

Spring 2015 Parent Survey

The Spring 2015 Parent and Staff surveys were open from May 6, 2015 through May 22, 2015. The survey addressed several key areas, including communications, cold weather / snow days, two-tier busing and start/end times, calendar, strategic planning priorities, satisfaction / support, academics / learning, and finances. A comprehensive survey analysis was shared with the Board of Education on June 22, 2015.

ISBE Special Education Indicator 8 Survey

Each year in accordance with Indicator 8 of the Illinois State Performance Plan (SPP), the Illinois State Board of Education (ISBE) is required to conduct a survey with parents of children with disabilities in order to receive feedback regarding their perceptions of how schools facilitated their involvement as a means of improving services and results for children with disabilities. The 25-question survey was developed by the National Center for Special Education Accountability Monitoring (NCSEAM) and is mailed to a representative sample of parents throughout the state. The survey results are used for program improvement and reporting in the Annual Performance Report (APR) to the United States Department of Education, Office of Special Education Programs (OSEP). It was mailed to parents/guardians of children with disabilities in District 181 in March 2015.

Illinois 5Essentials Survey

Click here for information regarding the Illinois 5Essentials Survey.

Superintendent Search Survey

In February 2014, the Board approved the hiring of BWP and Associates to lead the superintendent search process. The firm developed a community survey and led focus groups to capture staff and parent input in the search process. The survey developed by BWP asked respondents to consider the District’s strengths, issues facing the District, and skills and characteristics to seek in a superintendent. Survey results were presented by BWP and Associates during the Board meeting on April 7, 2014.


If you have a question related to surveys and community engagement, please contact Director of Communications Bridget McGuiggan at 630.861.4924 (

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