Illinois 5Essentials Survey:
Organizing Schools for Improvement
District 181, we are joining the Illinois State Board of Education (ISBE) in
providing an opportunity for teachers, students, and parents across the state
to have a role in improving their schools. 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. The parent survey is not required by the state this school year,
but we are encouraging our families to participate.
The Illinois 5Essentials Survey
(Organizing Schools for Improvement) provides a comprehensive assessment of school
organizational culture with actionable reports to help drive school improvement
on five indicators or “essentials”:
- Ambitious Instruction
to take the survey and learn more!
*The survey will be open February 1, 2013 – March 31, 2013.
Illinois 5Essentials will generate data that can help schools target resources
and make decisions that help accelerate learning and test score gains. Illinois
5Essentials also demonstrates that teachers and students can play a crucial
role in school reform: What they share about their schools reliably predicts
whether those schools are likely to improve or stagnate.
Based on 20 years of research conducted
by the University of Chicago Consortium on Chicago School Research in more than
400 schools, the 5Essentials have been shown to be strongly predictive of
school improvement. Schools strong in 3 to 5 of the Essentials are 10 times
more likely to improve student learning than schools weak in 3 to 5 of the
Essentials. Those differences remain true even after controlling for student
and school characteristics, including poverty, race, gender, and neighborhood
characteristics. Strength on components within the Essentials also correlates
with increased teacher retention, student attendance, college enrollment, and
high school graduation.
“The State Board has long understood that
test scores alone do not offer the full picture of schools and learning,” said
State Superintendent of Education Christopher A. Koch. “The Illinois
5Essentials Survey will finally help us paint that fuller picture of learning
conditions and guide local and state improvement initiatives so that every
student has access to a world class education.”
The Illinois 5Essentials Survey, required
to be implemented this school year by legislation passed in 2011, represents
the first attempt by a state to administer a statewide survey of learning
conditions to teachers, students, and parents. Statewide summary results will
be shared with ISBE this summer. School-level results will be sent to schools
this summer and will be part of the 2013 school report cards, typically
released by ISBE at the end of October. Federal Race to the Top funds are
covering the cost of the survey.