Hawthorn District 73 is joining the Illinois State Board of Education in the third statewide survey of school climate and learning conditions. The survey provides a unique opportunity for teachers, students, and parents to have a voice in improving their schools. From now through March 13, teachers, students in sixth through eighth grades and parents are being asked to take a 20-minute research-based survey to help identify strengths and weaknesses in their school’s learning environment. The survey will serve as an opportunity for schools to reflect on progress since the last statewide implementation.
Hawthorn students will be taking the survey during their regularly scheduled classes between January 20 and March 13.
Parents: Please click here to take the 5Essentials Survey.
The Illinois 5Essentials Survey provides a comprehensive picture of a school’s organizational culture in an individualized report measuring five “essentials” critical for school success:
- Effective Leaders
- Collaborative Teachers
- Involved Families
- Supportive Environment
- Ambitious Instruction
Why Schools Ask Stakeholders to Take the Survey
Twenty years of University of Chicago research in more than 400 schools has shown that schools that were strong on at least three of the 5Essentials were 10 times more likely to make substantial gains in improving student reading and math than schools that were weak on three or more of the Essentials. Those differences remained true even after controlling for student and school characteristics, including poverty, race, gender, and neighborhood characteristics. Strength on components within the Essentials also correlated with increased teacher retention, student attendance, college enrollment, and high school graduation.
Hawthorn participated in the first statewide 5Essentials Survey and is opting to administer the survey to teachers and students again this year to continue tracking and informing progress.
Principals and superintendents will receive their 5Essentials Reports in May 2015. Survey results will also be reported on the 2015 State School Report Card website and the full 5Essentials Reports will also be released in the fall.
On behalf of the Illinois State Board of Education, UChicago Impact is providing Illinois 5Essentials to schools statewide. Teachers, students and parents may complete the Illinois 5Essentials Survey online. For more information visit: https://illinois.5-essentials.org.