Illinois 5Essentials Survey:
Organizing Schools for Improvement
District 181, we joined the Illinois State Board of Education (ISBE) in administering the Illinois 5Essentials Survey for the second consecutive year. Our certified teachers and middle
school students completed the 15-minute research-based survey to help identify
strengths and areas for improvement in their school’s climate and learning
conditions. A parent survey was also available. While not required by the state, we encouraged our families to participate. Please see the column at right for more information about the parent survey.
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 was open March 17, 2014 – April 25, 2014. Responses from eligible students and teachers were 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 were given access to view the data. School reports are now available to the public via the website and Illinois State Report Card.
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.