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District 54 encourages parent participation in 5Essentials Survey

District 54 is once again participating in the annual statewide survey of school climate and learning conditions, the 5Essentials Survey. The survey provides an opportunity for students, teachers and parents to share their perspective and help guide our school improvement efforts.

The parent survey will be available online through Feb. 14, 2020, at

The Illinois 5Essentials Survey provides a comprehensive picture of a school’s organizational culture in an individualized report measuring five “essentials” critical for school success:

  • Effective Leaders
  • Collaborative Teachers
  • Involved Families
  • Supportive Environment
  • Ambitious Instruction

The survey takes about 10 minutes to complete and is available in English and Spanish. If you have more than one child, you may complete the survey for each child.

The survey is administered by UChicago Impact at the University of Chicago on behalf of the Illinois State Board of Education. If at least 20 percent of parents at a school complete the survey, a supplemental parent report will be generated and shared with schools. We are hoping to meet the target this year in our schools.

Student Survey

A similar survey will also be administered to teachers and to students in fourth grade through high school. District 54 students will take the survey at school before winter break. If you do not want your child to participate, please contact your school principal by Nov. 8. If you have children at more than one school, you must contact the principal at each school.

Students will log in to the survey with their student ID and birth date. Student identities will be confidential. Teachers or administrators will never see individual responses to survey questions and will only receive aggregated information, such as the total percentage of students who agree homework assignments help them learn the course material.

If you have any questions about the survey, please contact 5Essentials Client Services at (866) 440-1874 or

For more information, click here to read the letter from Superintendent Andy DuRoss.

Para obtener más información, haga clic aquí para leer la carta del Superintendente Andy DuRoss.