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5Essentials Survey

To help our schools continue to improve, students in grades 4-12 will be asked to participate in the Illinois State Board of Education’s 5Essentials Survey. To stress the importance of this initiative, students will be provided dedicated time during school hours to take the survey.

Parents may review the survey questions or opt out of having their child(ren) take the survey by completing a Participation Denial form. The form will be sent home to parents/guardians by the building principal prior to the survey being distributed to students. 

This annual state survey is designed to generate a detailed picture of the inner workings of District 115 schools and affords those within our schools the opportunity to share their thoughts.

All survey responses are anonymous. Surveys are administered by UChicago Impact ( to ensure the confidentiality of all survey participants. No names or other unique identifiers are connected with individual responses, or are used in any report.

The survey gathers data related to five indicators that can predict important student outcomes, including improved attendance and larger test score gains. Research in more than 400 schools has shown that schools strong on at least three of these "5Essential" indicators were 10 times more likely to improve student learning. The five indicators that affect and predict school success are:

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

5Essentials survey results are expected to be released to schools and districts in March, and included in the State School Report Card in the fall of 2021.

Questions regarding the survey should be directed to the building principal.