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5Essentials Survey for Heritage Parents & Stakeholders Now Available

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The 2019-20 survey window ​will start no sooner than December 10, 2019, and end no later than February 14, 2020. Participation in the 5Essentials or an approved alternate survey is required annually, as the survey is part of the non-academic indicators for accountability under the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA).

As with last year, schools will need to log into IWAS and access the Survey of Learning conditions application to submit the contact details for Districts Survey Coordinator. Not submitting a coordinator will cause that role to default to the district superintendent. Furthermore, any district seeking to participate in one of the approved alternate surveys will need to submit the notification in the IWAS application and mail/email a copy of the letter of intent to ISBE by September 30, 2019​. Not completing both the online form and physical letter of intent will result in the district’s auto-enrollment into the 5Essentials survey for the 2019-20 school year. Updates on the survey administration for 2019-20 will be available via the Superintendent’s Weekly Message, ISBE’s 5Essentials Website, and through the IWAS Survey Application.

5Essentials Survey Update:

Parent Survey is opening early and will be available starting on October 24!

ISBE, in partnership with UChicago Impact, was able to open the parent survey early this year so that schools that have parent/teacher meetings starting in October can take advantage. School and district leaders will get notified through the survey system with the link on how parents can take the survey. Furthermore, the link will be posted to ISBE’s homepage and on the 5E Survey webpage.

The parent survey is to be completed by parents, guardians, or other caregivers with a child in grades prekindergarten through 12. It is available in English and Spanish and takes approximately 10 minutes to complete. Parents who have more than one child who attends the same school may elect to participate multiple times. We recommend that parents who have children enrolled in multiple schools participate in the survey for each school. Only one parent per household may participate in the survey.

What is the 5Essentials Survey?

The 5Essentials Survey identifies five indicators that lead to improved outcomes for all students, including improved attendance and larger test score gains.

The five indicators that positively affect school success are:

  1. Effective Leaders
  2. Collaborative Teachers
  3. Involved Families
  4. Supportive Environments
  5. Ambitious Instruction

Research derived from the Five Essentials for School Success has proven that schools strong on at least three of the 5Essentials are 10 times more likely to improve student outcomes.

Schools across Illinois participated in the 7th Annual 5Essentials Survey of Learning Conditions: Organizing Schools for Improvement this past academic year. This survey generates valuable data that districts can use to guide their ongoing efforts to improve schools and to offer students an excellent education. The survey is another improvement tool that allows districts and the state to share data as a means to inform parents and community members about the school’s learning environment. The Illinois 5Essentials Survey is administered online by UChicago Impact at the University of Chicago on behalf of the Illinois State Board of Education.

For questions regarding the survey, please call Department of Wellness at (217) 782-5270 or email 5Essentials@isbe.net.​​​​​​​