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Illinois 5Essentials Survey

Illinois 5Essentials Survey: Organizing Schools for Improvement

UPDATE: The administration window for the 5Essentials Survey is now closed.

From Jan. 12 through March 13, the Illinois State Board of Education (ISBE) will conduct its third annual survey of learning conditions, the Illinois 5Essentials Survey. The 5Essentials Survey, a diagnostic tool developed by researchers at the University of Chicago, provides schools with fine-grained data on five leading indicators for school improvement: Effective Leaders, Collaborative Teachers, Involved Families, Supportive Environment and Ambitious Instruction.

Twenty years of University of Chicago research has shown that schools that were strong on at least three of the 5Essentials were 10 times more likely to make substantial gains in reading and math.

All district schools, including alternative schools that fall under the district’s domain, are required by legislation to participate in the survey at least every other year. In 2015, only districts participating in Race to the Top and those that did not participate in the survey last year will be required to participate by ISBE. Chicago District 299 will also require its schools to participate. All districts will have the option to participate and are strongly encouraged to do so.

Survey results will be released in May to principals and superintendents. A summary of the 5Essential results will be reported publicly on the State School Report Card website at Detailed survey reports will also be publicly released. Survey results for 2014 and beyond will be normed using the 2013 statewide results so that all schools can demonstrate progress over time on the survey measures.

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From January 12 to March 13, 2015 the survey will be available for teachers, parents, and guardians. Students in participating schools will also receive the survey during this time period.

The 5Essentials Indicators

The Illinois 5 Essentials Survey identifies five indicators that lead to important student outcomes, including improved attendance and larger test score gains.

The five indicators that positively affect school success are:

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

Research derived from the Five Essentials for School Success has proven that schools strong on at least 3 of the 5Essentials are 10 times more likely to improve student outcomes.

Learn More

Click Here for the Illinois State Board of Education’s 5Essentials Survey Resources webpage.

Click Here for the Illinois State Board of Education’s 5Essentials Survey Frequently Asked Questions webpage.

Click Here for the Illinois State Board of Education’s report on approved survey alternatives for 2015, per Public Act 98-0648. You may also download folders of information (.zip) on the approved alternatives below:

Click Here for UChicago Impact’s Illinois 5Essentials Survey external webpage.

Also, be sure to check out the Illinois 5Essentials on Facebook and Twitter!