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5Essentials Parent Survey

Dear D105 Parents/Guardians,

Students, teachers and parents across Illinois have an opportunity to participate in the twelfth annual statewide Illinois 5Essentials Survey. This survey is designed to generate a detailed picture of the inner workings of your child’s school. As a parent, this opportunity will allow you to share your thoughts on the important elements of school effectiveness in a survey about your child’s school.

On behalf of the Illinois State Board of Education, the Illinois 5Essentials Survey will be administered online by UChicago Impact at the University of Chicago. The survey gathers data related to five indicators that can predict important student outcomes, including improved attendance and larger test score gains. These five indicators that affect and predict school success are:

·        Effective Leaders

·        Collaborative Teachers

·        Involved Families

·        Supportive Environments

·        Ambitious Instruction

Prior research in more than 400 schools has shown that schools that were strong on at least three of these “5Essential” indicators were 10 times more likely to improve student learning gains in math and reading than those that were weak on three or more Essentials.

All teachers and 4th through 12th grade students will be asked to respond to this survey. 5Essentials reports will be generated for schools if their teachers and/or students meet the response rate threshold of 50 percent. These reports will be sent to schools and districts in May 2024 and will also be included on the Illinois School Report Card.

Additionally, D105 has chosen to provide the optional parent survey supplement. If at least 20 percent of parents complete this survey for their child’s school, a parent supplement report will also be generated for that school. 5Essentials does not include this data on the State Report Card.

Your participation in the parent portion of the survey will help us better understand the conditions at your child’s school and guide improvement. Your identity and survey responses will be kept completely confidential and will not be connected to you or your child. 

The Illinois 5Essentials Survey will be open through March 29, 2024. To take the survey please visit and select the appropriate survey to begin.

For more information about the Illinois 5Essentials Survey, please also visit If you have any questions or concerns, please contact UChicago Impact Client Services at 1-866-440-1874 or



Brian J. Ganan