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Proviso District 209 Administers Illinois 5Essentials Survey to Improve Student Learning

School Environment Matters: Proviso District 209 Administers Illinois 5Essentials Survey to Improve Student Learning

Students, teachers and parents weigh in on school climate and learning conditions

Click here to take the survey: The Illinois 5Essentials Survey
11/1/18 -  District 209 will join the Illinois State Board of Education (ISBE) the statewide survey of school climate and learning conditions. The survey provides a unique opportunity for students, teachers and parents to have a voice in improving their schools. From November 15 through January 18, students and teachers will be asked to take a 25-minute research-based survey to help identify strengths and weaknesses in their school’s learning environment.  The parent survey supplement will be administered from November 1 through January 18. 

This survey provides an opportunity for students, parents, and teachers to have a voice in improving their schools. Your participation can help your school identify areas of strength and those in need of support. We need you!

The Illinois 5Essentials Survey provides a comprehensive picture of a school’s organizational culture in an individualized report measuring five “essentials” critical for school success:

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

Twenty years of research at the University of Chicago in more than 400 schools has shown that schools that were strong on at least three of the 5Essentials were 10 times more likely to make substantial gains in improving student reading and math than schools that were weak on three or more of the Essentials. Those differences remained true even after controlling for student and school characteristics, including poverty, race, gender, and neighborhood characteristics. Strength on components within the Essentials also correlated with increased teacher retention, student attendance, college enrollment, and high school graduation.

District 209 will participate in the statewide 2018-19 5Essentials Survey to meet state legislation and the Board’s mandate, District 209 will administer the survey to learn how schools are doing on the 5Essentials for school success. All district schools, including alternative schools that fall under the district’s domain, are required to participate in a school learning conditions survey every year.  The survey was deemed an important component to balanced accountability under the state’s Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) plan by stakeholders, which resulted in state legislative changes requiring the survey annually.

Principals and superintendents will receive their 5Essentials Reports in March 2019. Survey results will also be reported publicly on the 5Essentials reporting site in Spring 2019 and on the State School Report Card website in Fall 2019. 

Teachers, students, and parents may complete the Illinois 5Essentials Survey online. For more information visit:

Click here to take the survey: The Illinois 5Essentials Survey