Beginning today (March 17), teachers, parents, guardians and students across Illinois will have an opportunity to participate in the Illinois 5Essentials Survey. The survey was designed to offer individuals an opportunity to share their thoughts on the important elements of school effectiveness and help guide school improvement.
The Illinois 5Essentials Survey will be administered online on behalf of the Illinois State Board of Education. The survey identifies five indicators that can lead to important student outcomes, including improved attendance and larger test score gains. Research has shown that schools strong on these indicators are 10 times more likely to improve student learning. The five indicators are
- Effective leaders
- Collaborative teachers
- Involved families
- Supportive environments
- Ambitious Instruction
Parent Survey — for all District 54 parents
All District parents are encouraged to take this optional survey – whether your child is in a District 54 early childhood program, elementary school or junior high. The parent survey is only 26 questions and the state estimates you can complete it in 10 minutes.
If parents have more than one child at a school, they should complete only one survey for that school. In addition, only one parent or guardian per household may participate in the survey. Parents with children enrolled in multiple schools may take the survey for each school. Schools are listed alphabetically by their full names (for example Jane Addams Junior High would be listed under J, not A for Addams).
The state is not providing hard copies of this survey; however, our schools will make computers available to parents. Call your child’s school if you are interested in taking the survey at a District 54 school.
The parent survey results will only be generated by the state if at least 30 percent of parents at a school respond to the survey. Last year none of our schools met this target. If at least 30 percent of parents participate, this data will be made available to principals.
To take the parent survey, please visit https://survey.5-essentials.org/illinois/ between March 17 and April 25, 2014.
Student Survey – for sixth through eighth grade in District 54
Only students in grades 6 through 12 will take the survey. District 54 schools will provide time at school for our students in grades 6 through 8 to take the survey during the week of April 14 to 17. Students must take the surveys at school.
On April 9 all District 54 teachers will participate in the Illinois 5Essentials Survey during staff development time. The survey is to be completed by certified teachers whose primary responsibility involves teaching students for the majority of the school day and year. This would include our library media teachers. The following positions are ineligible to take the survey: paraprofessionals, substitute teachers, tutors, instructional coaches (who do not otherwise teach), student teachers and administrators. This was determined by the Illinois State Board of Education, not District 54.
The identities of anyone taking a survey will be kept completely confidential and survey responses will not be linked to any individual. More information can be found online at https://illinois.5-essentials.org.