February 8, 2013
Lyons 103 will partner with the Illinois State Board of Education (ISBE) to give teachers, students, and parents statewide a unique role in improving their schools. Between February 8 and March 31, 2013, teachers, students and parents are asked and encouraged to take the "Illinois 5Essentials Survey" to help identify strengths and weaknesses in their school's climate and learning conditions.
The 5Essentials Survey is a 15-minute research-based survey and responses will be completely confidential. The Illinois 5Essentials Survey, required to be implemented this school year by legislation passed in 2011, represents the first attempt by a state to administer a statewide survey of learning conditions to teachers, students, and parents.
Parents and certified staff members can take the Illinois 5Essentials Survey by clicking https://survey.5-essentials.org/illinois/.
Sixth through eighth graders will take the survey during school before March 31, 2013. The Illinois 5Essentials Survey provides a comprehensive assessment of school organizational culture with actionable reports to help drive school improvement on five indicators or "essentials":
- Effective Leaders
- Collaborative Teachers
- Involved Families
- Supportive Environment
- Ambitious Instruction
Based on 20 years of research conducted by the University of Chicago Consortium on Chicago School Research in more than 400 schools, the 5Essentials have been shown to be strongly predictive of school improvement. Schools strong in 3 to 5 of the Essentials are 10 times more likely to improve student learning than schools weak in 3 to 5 of the Essentials.
Statewide summary results will be shared with ISBE this summer. School-level results will be sent to schools this summer and will be part of the 2013 school report cards, typically released by ISBE at the end of October. Federal Race to the Top funds are covering the cost of the survey.
By working together we will expand student opportunities.
Thank you for your continued support.
Dr. Mary Jo Vladika