5Essentials Parent Survey




    As a parent/guardian, you have an opportunity to share your thoughts on the important elements of school effectiveness in a survey about your child’s school called the Illinois 5Essentials Survey.


    Why the 5Essentials Survey
    On behalf of the Illinois State Board of Education, the Illinois 5Essentials Survey will be administered online by UChicago Impact at the University of Chicago. The 15-minute 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 in more than 400 schools has shown that schools that were strong on at least three of these “5Essential” indicators were 10 times more likely to improve student learning gains in math and reading than those that were weak on three or more of the 5Essentials indicators.


    5Essentials Parent Survey (20% Participation Needed)

    Yorkville CUSD 115 has chosen to provide the optional Parent Supplement survey. Each school needs at least 20 percent of parents to participate in the survey in order to have a parent supplement report generated. The survey takes approximately 15 minutes. The parent data will not be reported on the State Report Card.


    Your participation in the parent portion of the survey will help District 115 understand the conditions at your child’s school and guide improvement. If a parent has more than one (1) child, and they attend the same school, that parent may elect to participate multiple times. For parents with children enrolled in multiple schools, we recommend that they participate in the survey for each school. Only one parent per household may submit a survey for a given child. NOTE: Your identity and survey responses will be kept completely confidential and will never be connected to you or your child. 


    The Illinois 5Essentials Survey window for the Parent Survey Supplement is  open between January 30 - March 29, 2024. Each school needs 20% of parents to participate, so please complete the survey today!


    To take the survey please visit https://survey.5-essentials.org/illinois/ and select the parent survey to begin.


    1) Once you arrive at the Welcome Portal please select the Parent Survey.

    Parent Portal

    2) Fill in the information requested and click Login. 

    Parent Portal


    Student Survey

    Students across Illinois will also have an opportunity to participate in the statewide Illinois 5Essentials Survey. This survey is designed to generate a detailed picture of the inner workings of your child’s school.


    Every year, districts across Illinois participate in the Illinois 5Essentials Survey. All 4th through 12th grade students will be responding to this survey. 5Essentials Reports will be generated for schools if their students meet the response rate threshold of 50 percent. These reports will be sent to schools and districts in May 2024, and will also be included in the Annual Illinois School Report Card.


    Students’ identities will be completely confidential. Teachers or administrators will never see individual responses to survey questions and will only receive aggregated information, such as the total percentage of students who agree homework assignments help them learn the course material.

    5Essentials Survey Questions
    Please be aware that under the Protection of Pupil Rights Act. 20 U.S.C. Section 1232(c) (1) (A), you have the right to review a copy of the questions asked of your student(s).

    Survey questions can be found on the Illinois 5Essentials Support Center. To review a copy of the survey please click on the following link: Illinois 5Essentials Support Center.

    If you do not want your son or daughter to participate, please click the following link for more Opt-Out information and ask your child to return the sheet to the school’s Main Office: 5Essentials Survey Opt-Out Information


    Should you have any questions, please feel free to contact me at jbedwards@y115.org. Thank you for your participation and helping to provide key insights for improvement at your child’s school. 




    Brent Edwards

    Director of Communications