Illinois 5Essentials Survey:
Organizing Schools for Improvement
District 181, we are once again joining the Illinois State Board of Education (ISBE) in administering the Illinois 5Essentials Survey for the third consecutive year. Our certified teachers and middle
school students will complete the 15-minute research-based survey to help identify
strengths and areas for improvement in their school climate and learning
conditions. A parent survey is also available. While not required by the state, we encourage our families to participate.
*New for 2015: Please note that District 181 is among those districts that volunteered to participate in the rostered teacher survey pilot for this year’s Illinois 5Essentials Survey, and so the URL that our applicable staff, students, and families will use to access the survey is different. The pilot survey URL for students, teachers, and parents is https://survey.5-essentials.org/illinois-pilot.
The Illinois 5Essentials Survey provides a comprehensive assessment of school
organizational culture with actionable reports to help drive school improvement
on five indicators or “essentials”:
- Ambitious Instruction
Results from past surveys are available with State Report Cards.
Why did the Illinois State Board of Education implement this survey?
(Response from the 5Essentials website)
The State Board has long recognized that test scores alone do not provide a full picture of teaching and learning in any one school. Under legislation (Senate Bill 7, PERA), the State Board is now mandated, on a biennial basis, to implement a learning conditions survey that will finally help paint that fuller picture. While this survey may help inform state policy and improvement initiatives, it is primarily intended to help local administrators, such as teachers, principals, and superintendents, identify strengths and weaknesses at the district and school level and better target resources and interventions.