Illinois 5Essentials Survey:
Organizing Schools for Improvement
District 181, we are joining the Illinois State Board of Education (ISBE) in once again administering the Illinois 5Essentials Survey. Our certified teachers and middle
school students will take a 15-minute research-based survey to help identify
strengths and areas for improvement in their school’s climate and learning
conditions. A parent survey is also available. While not required by the state, we are encouraging our families to participate.
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
The survey will be open March 17, 2014 – April 25, 2014. Please click here to access the survey. Responses from eligible students and teachers will be reviewed and analyzed to create a web-based 5Essentials Report, available only via the 5Essentials web-reporting tool. In June 2014, school principals and district administrators will be given access to view the data. School reports will be available to the public via the website and Illinois State Report Card in the fall.
Why is the Illinois State Board of Education implementing 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. Aggregated data from this anonymous survey will also be shared with parents and the general public on school report cards released in the fall.