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Parent 5Essentials Survey for Urbana Schools


To help our schools improve the learning environments for our students, Urbana School District #116 is asking for help from parents and guardians to complete a 5Essentials survey. The 2017-18 Parent Survey can be found here: https://survey.5-essentials.org/illinois/

Since 2013, the Illinois State Board of Education (ISBE) has used the 5Essentials, an evidence-based system, to help school districts drive improvement in schools nationwide. Urbana School District #116 is providing the survey to students, teachers, and parents and families to help us learn more about our students and their learning environments.  Under Senate Bill 7, passed in 2011, ISBE is required to offer this survey of learning conditions.

The survey provides a comprehensive assessment of school organizational culture with reports to help drive school improvement on the five indicators or “essentials”:

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  • Collaborative Teachers
  • Involved Families
  • Supportive Environment
  • Ambitious Instruction

5Essentials generates data that helps schools target resources and make decisions that help accelerate learning and test score gains. 5Essentials also demonstrates that teachers and students can play a crucial role in school reform: What they share about their schools reliably predicts whether those schools are likely to improve or stagnate.

Based on 20 years of research conducted by the University of Chicago Consortium on Chicago School Research in more than 400 schools, including Chicago Public 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. Those differences remain true even after controlling for student and school characteristics, including poverty, race, gender, and neighborhood characteristics. Strength on components within the Essentials also correlates with increased teacher retention, student attendance, college enrollment, and high school graduation.

We are asking all our parents and guardians of Urbana students to complete the survey – accessing the 2017-18 Parent Survey can be found here: https://survey.5-essentials.org/illinois/