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The Illinois State Board of Education (ISBE) will again administer the Illinois 5Essentials Survey this year. Teachers, students, and parents will be able to complete the survey Nov. 15, 2017, through Jan. 18, 2018. The survey is required for districts that did not participate in last year’s survey or administer an alternative survey. If your district completed the 5Essentials during the 2016-17 school year, it may -- but is not required -- to administer the survey in the 2017-18 school year. The 5Essentials Survey will be available at no cost for all participants. The 5Essentials Survey provides school districts with detailed data on school culture and climate by inquiring into five leading areas for school improvement. The data from the survey will also be published on the Illinois State Report Card.

Make sure that your educator and student information is updated and valid, as the data required for rostering students and teachers will be pulled from the Student Information System (SIS) and the Employment Information System (EIS), respectively. New enhancements for the 2017-2018 school year include:

  • ISBE has automated the process by which districts roster their teachers.
  • We will be expanding the fourth- and fifth-grade survey pilot in the 2017-18 school year to those schools electing to administer the survey to those additional grade levels.
  • Districts will again have the option of constructing a narrative describing their local context. In addition, this section will allow districts that are administering alternative surveys to summarize their results and provide a local context.

More detailed information about the survey will be released in the next couple of weeks. Please stay tuned to the 5Essentials webpage and to the Superintendent's Weekly Message.

For questions regarding the survey, please call IL-EMPOWER at (217) 524-4832 or email 5Essentials@isbe.net.

 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:

  • ​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 report on approved survey alternatives for 2015PDF Document, per Public Act 98-0648PDF Document. You may also download folders of information (.zip) on the approved alternatives below:

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

Please direct any questions to 5Essentials@ISBE.net.​​​

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