District 90 is participating in the annual statewide Illinois 5Essentials Survey, which is designed to generate a detailed picture of the inner workings of our schools. Teachers, parents, and students across the state will participate in this online and confidential survey with the results reported on each school's Illinois School Report Card. In District 90, the survey will be administered during times selected by each school's Principal and will ask students and teachers about their experiences and views regarding school.
Prior research has shown that schools strong on three or more of the 5Essentials were 10 times more likely to experience student learning gains than schools weak on three or more of the Essentials. Those Essentials are:
- Effective Leaders
- Collaborative Teachers
- Involved Families
- Supportive Environment
- Ambitious Instruction
In District 90, students in grades 4-8 will participate in the 5Essentials Survey during school hours. Teachers will be able to participate in the survey at meeting times established by the Principal or on their own time. Student and teacher identities will be kept completely confidential, and responses will not be linked to individual students or teachers. Faculty members or administrators will never see individual responses and will only receive aggregated information.
School-level 5Essentials Reports will be generated from survey responses when at least 50 percent of teachers and students respond to the survey. A supplemental report will be generated if at least 20 percent of D90 parents/guardians participate. These reports will be sent to schools and districts in May 2021, with results for students and teachers included in each State School Report Card that will be released in the fall of 2021.
Please be aware that under the Protection Pupil Rights Act. 20 USC. Section 1232 (c) (1) (A), parents and guardians have the right to review a copy of the questions asked of their student(s). Student survey questions can be viewed by clicking this link:
If you do not want your student(s) to participate, please send an email to your students' teacher or school principal indicating that you Do Not Want your student to participate. Or print and fill out the attached information and ask your child(ren) to return the form to their teacher by Monday, February 22. 2021. To download the opt-out form, please click this link: 5Essentials Opt-Out Form
We are also asking parents and guardians to participate in the 5Essentials Survey. Your participation in the parent portion of the survey will help us better understand our schools' conditions and guide improvement. Your identity and survey responses will also be kept entirely confidential and will not be connected to you or your child. To take the parent survey, please click this link:
This online survey can be accessed from a PC/laptop, smartphone, or tablet. If you have more than one child enrolled in a District 90 school, you may take one survey for each child regardless of the school.
The 5Essentials Survey will close on Friday, April 2, 2021. For more information about the Illinois 5Essentials Survey, or to view previous years' reports, please visit https://www.5-essentials.org/illinois. If you have any questions or concerns, please contact 5Essentials Client Services at 1-866-440-1874 or [email protected].