The Illinois 5Essentials Survey is now open through March 31. This is the eleventh year the Illinois State Board of Education will implement this survey across the state, with results being included in the Illinois Report Card for schools. This survey is based on 20 years of research at the University of Chicago. It asks students about their experiences in school, giving school leaders critical student input to help develop school improvement plans. The 5Essentials Survey results offer a comprehensive assessment of a school’s organizational culture, generating data that allows schools to develop improvement plans and target resources to areas known to be related to increases in student learning. The survey also demonstrates that teachers and students can play a crucial role in school reform.
We also need and encourage parents and guardians of DeKalb CUSD 428 to participate. To provide your valuable input, you may access the survey here. Parents and guardians will also receive information about the survey via email, including the link to access the survey.
Students in grades 4 through 12 are invited to participate, and each school will provide dedicated time for students to complete the survey. Student participants will be required to log in using their state student ID and birth date in order to complete the survey. Student identities are completely confidential, and teachers or administrators never see individual responses to survey questions and will only receive aggregated information.

If you have any questions about this survey, please contact Dr. Jessica Nall, Coordinator of Assessments, at 815.754.2953.


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