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5Essentials Survey

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District 230 asks parents, teachers and students to take state-mandated survey

District 230 will join the Illinois State Board of Education(ISBE) in providing a unique opportunity for teachers, parents and students across the state to have a role in improving their schools. Participants are being asked to share their opinions on a variety of topics through the Illinois State Board of Education in partnership with the University of Chicago “Illinois 5Essentials Survey” online to help the state identify its strengths and areas needing improvement.

Between January 19 and March 15, 2015, District230 teachers, students and parents are encouraged to take the “Illinois 5Essentials Survey” to help identify strengths and weaknesses in their school’s climate and learning conditions.

The 5Essentials Survey is a 15-minute research-based survey and responses will be completely confidential.

Parents and teachers can take the Illinois 5Essentials Survey by clicking  here

Students at Sandburg, Stagg and Andrew High Schools will take the survey during school before March 15. Should parents not want their student to take the survey, they must inform the school by submitting the “Opt Out of 5Essentials Survey” form which can be found by clicking here.

The Illinois 5Essentials Survey provides a comprehensive assessment of school organizational culture with reports to help drive school improvement on five essentials:

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

Illinois 5Essentials generates data that helps schools target resources and make decisions that help accelerate learning and test score gains. Illinois 5Essentials also demonstrates that teachers and students can play an important 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 State legislation, 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 2015 school report cards, typically released by ISBE at the end of October.

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