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January 13, 2022

Dear Parent/Guardian,

Once again, parents, students, and teachers across Illinois have an opportunity to participate in the annual statewide Illinois 5-Essentials Survey.  This survey is designed to give us a picture of how our schools are operating.  As a parent, you also have the opportunity to take the survey and share your opinions on the important elements of school effectiveness.  The parent survey is available now!

Your participation in the parent portion of the survey will help us understand the conditions at your child’s school and allow us to guide school improvement planning. Your identity and survey responses will be kept completely confidential and will never be connected to you or your child. 

On behalf of the Illinois State Board of Education, the Illinois 5-Essentials Survey will be administered online by 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 has shown that schools that were strong on at least three of these “5-Essential” 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. 

The Illinois 5-Essentials Survey for students, teachers, and parents/guardians will be conducted from February 3 through April 2, 2021.  To take the survey please visit http://survey.5-essentials.org/illinois/  and select the appropriate survey to begin. If you have any questions or concerns, please contact 5-Essentials Client Services at 1-866-440-1874 or impact-surveys@uchicago.edu


Dr. Deets, Superintendent

Click here for the letter from Dr. Deets.