Beginning in November , students, teachers and parents across Illinois will have an opportunity to participate in the
annual statewide Illinois 5Essentials Survey. This survey is designed to generate a detailed picture of the inner
workings of your child’s school. As a parent, this opportunity will allow you to share your thoughts on the important
elements of school effectiveness in a survey about your child’s school.
On behalf of the Illinois State Board of Education, the Illinois 5Essentials Survey will be administered online by
UChicago Impact at the University of Chicago. The survey gathers data related to five indicators that can predict
important student outcomes, including improved attendance and larger test score gains. These five indicators that
affect and predict school success are:
● Effective Leaders
● Collaborative Teachers
● Involved Families
● Supportive Environments
● Ambitious Instruction
Prior research in more than 400 schools has shown that schools that were strong on at least three of these
“5Essential” indicators were 10 times more likely to improve student learning gains in math and reading than those
that were weak on three or more Essentials.
All teachers and 4th through 12th grade students will be responding to this survey. 5Essentials Reports will be
generated for schools if their teachers and/or students meet the response rate threshold of 50 percent. These reports
will be sent to schools and districts in March 2019 and will also be included in the State School Report Card.
Additionally, Kaneland will provide the 5Essentials parent survey that should take no longer than 20 minutes. If at
least 20 percent of Kaneland parents complete this survey, a parent supplement will also be generated. The parent
data will not be reported on the State Report Card.
Your participation in the parent portion of the survey will help us understand the conditions at your child’s school
and guide our improvement efforts. Your identity and survey responses will be kept completely confidential and will
never be connected to you or your child.
The Illinois 5Essentials Survey for students and staff will be conducted November 15 through December 21, 2018.
The Illinois 5Essentials Survey for parents will be conducted October 23 through December 21, 2018 .
While students and teachers will not begin taking this survey until November, the parent survey is already available.
To take the survey please click here, and select the appropriate survey to begin.
For more information about the Illinois 5Essentials Survey, or to view previous years’ Reports, please click here.
If you have any questions or concerns, please contact 5Essentials Client Services at 1-866-440-1874 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Dr. Todd Leden
Kaneland School District