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 third consecutive year. Our certified teachers, parents and middle
school students completed the 15-minute research-based survey to help identify
strengths and areas for improvement in their school climate and learning
District 181 was 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 used to access the survey was different. Results from the 2014-15 5Essentials Survey will be shared when made available. Results from past surveys are available as part of State Report Cards
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
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.