The District is known for picking and choosing which State requirement they will comply with. Hopefully they will choose to comply with the 5Essentials Survey; it could provide some very useful information:
Survey dates: February 4 –March 31, 2013
Web site: https://illinois.5-essentials.org
Details: 5Essentials Frequently Asked Questions
Sample: Student Survey Questions
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.
Between February 4, 2013 and March 31, students in grades 6-12 will be given time during one of their classes to participate in the Illinois 5Essentials Survey. The survey is conducted online through the University of Chicago, on behalf of the Illinois State Board of Education.
In taking the survey students have the unique opportunity to comment on and make an impact on their own school environment. While staff will administer the online survey:
Students’ identities will be completely confidential.
Teachers or administrators will never see individual responses to survey questions only summary level responses, such as the percentage of students’ who agree homework assignments help them learn the course material.
If you are the parent of a middle or high school student and you do not want your child to participate in this survey, please contact your junior high or high school student’s school office on Monday, February 4. To view student survey questions, click here. Please DO NOT have your child take this survey at home to avoid duplication of information.
ABOUT THE SURVEY
Across Illinois, parents, teachers, and high school and junior high students are being invited to take part in improving their school environment by participating in the Illinois 5Essentials Survey. This survey was designed to generate a detailed picture of the inner workings of our schools by gathering individual thoughts on the important elements of school effectiveness.
The 5Essentials Survey identifies five indicators that can lead to important student outcomes, including test score gains. The research shows that schools that are excellent in 3 out of 5 show 10 times the potential for improvement. The five indicators that effect school success are:
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. For more information about the Illinois 5Essentials Survey, or to view sample school reports, please visit https://illinois.5-essentials.org.
Statewide summary results will be shared with the Illinois State Board of Education (ISBE) this summer. School-level results will also be sent to schools this summer. A portion of the results will be part of the 2013 school report cards, typically released by ISBE at the end of October.