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Have a Voice in Proviso Township High Schools Through 5Essentials Survey

April 10, 2014 02:35 PM
Proviso Township High Schools District 209 is joining with the Illinois State Board of Education (ISBE) in providing an opportunity for teachers, students, and parents to have another voice in their schools through the Illinois 5Essentials Survey: Organizing Schools for Improvement.

From now through April 25, teachers, students, and parents are asked to share their thoughts on the important elements of school effectiveness in a survey about their school. To access the survey, please visit A link to the survey also available at

The Illinois 5Essentials Survey will be administered online by UChicago Impact at the University of Chicago on behalf of the ISBE. It identifies five indicators that can lead to important student outcomes, including improved attendance and larger gains on test scores, and that are 10 times more likely to lead to student success, according to research. The five indicators are the following:
  • Effective Leaders
  • Collaborative Teachers
  • Involved Families
  • Supportive Environments
  • Ambitious Instruction
"We as educators are always looking for ways to improve what and how we are teaching," said Dr. Nettie Collins-Hart, superintendent of District 209. "Through this survey, we can get a good look at what our parents, students, and teachers are thinking about education at our schools. We encourage anyone interested in the state of Proviso Township High Schools District 209 to be involved by completing this survey."

The 5Essentials Student Survey will be administered to all Illinois students in grades 6 through 12. School-level reports will be generated for District 209 if at least 50 percent of students at Proviso East High School, Proviso West High School, and Proviso Mathematics and Science Academy. To successfully meet this level of response, principals at each school will work with teachers to identify times for students to take this survey with minimal disruption to instructional time. The survey should take no longer than 20 minutes to complete.

Participation in the survey is optional, and student identities will be kept confidential, with teachers and administrators only having access to summary level responses. 

The parent survey has 26 questions and takes approximately 10 minutes to complete. School-level reports will be generated if at least 30 percent of parents from each school respond to the survey. If needed, parents can complete the survey online at home or on computers available at their student’s school.

Survey reports will be sent to schools and districts in June and will be included in each school report card, released by the ISBE at the end of October.


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