Illinois 5Essentials Survey 2019

About the Survey

The 5Essentials Survey is an evidence-based system designed to drive improvement in schools. Under recent legislation (Senate Bill 7, PERA), the Illinois State Board of Education requires districts to implement a learning conditions survey. The 5Essentials Survey measures culture and climate in a school organization provides individualized, actionable information to schools.

The 5Essentials system identifies the five components found to be critical for school success and improvement as: Effective Leaders, Collaborative Teachers, Involved Families, Supportive Environment, and Ambitious Instruction.

What is the 5Essentials Survey?

A diagnostic assessment of a school's culture and climate designed to identify organizational strengths and areas of opportunity on the five essential factors that drive school improvement.

What do the results look like?

The survey results are categorized by each Essential score (from Least to Most Implementation) and an overall performance score (from Not Yet Organized to Well-Organized).

What do the results look like for Northbrook 28?

Northbrook 28 schools are Well-Organized or Organized (highest categories). Every building has all five of the Essentials at or above the benchmark score.

Schools that are at or above benchmark (average, more and/or most implementation) on three or more Essentials are 10 times more likely to show substantial gains in student learning over time than schools that are below the benchmark.

These are significantly strong results, demonstrating that Northbrook 28 is positioned for continued growth in teaching and improvement in student learning.

How is 5Essentials used?

The 5Essentials survey may help inform state policy and improvement initiatives. It is also used across schools in Illinois, to gather data for culture and climate.

The 5Essentials is primarily intended to help local administrators, such as teachers, principals, and superintendents, to identify strengths and areas for growth at the district and school level.
Aggregated data from the survey will also be shared with parents and the general public on school report cards released in the fall.

The 5Essentials Survey is taken by all pre-kindergarten through 12th grade teachers, taking approximately 30 minutes to complete. All fourth through 12th grade students participate in the 5Essentials Survey, usually requiring no more than 30 minutes to complete. Parents are also invited to take the survey, but input on parents survey is not factored into the 5Essentials cumulative score since participation is much lower.

Last year, the survey window was November 2018 through January 2019. 

What survey metrics are utilized?

The Survey is a norm-referenced tool, compared to the benchmarks established by data collected from the 5Essentials 2013 state average.

The 5Essentials are:

Effective Leaders: Leaders work with teachers to implement a clear and strategic vision for school success.
Collaborative Teachers: Teachers collaborate to promote professional growth.
Involved Families: The entire school staff builds strong relationships with families and communities to support learning.
Supportive Environment: The school is safe and orderly. Teachers have high expectations for students and support students to realize their goals. Classmates also support one another.
Ambitious Instruction: Classes are academically demanding and engage students by emphasizing the application of knowledge.

Categories for Illinois Reports:

Most implementation/Well-Organized (at least 1.5 standard deviations above the benchmark)
More implementation/Organized (between 0.5-1.5 standard deviations above the benchmark)
Average implementation/Moderately Organized (above -0.5 standard deviations & below 0.5 standard deviations above the benchmark)
Less implementation/Partially Organized (0.5-1.5 standard deviations below the benchmark)
Least implementation/Not Yet Organized (at least 1.5 standard deviations below the benchmark)

Each essential is comprised of ‘Measures’ and ‘Measures’ are comprised of ‘Items’
5Essentials diagram of measures and items

Scoring the 5Essentials Results

Measures and Essentials scores are on a 1-99 scale: This is not a percentile rank nor a percentage.

Measure Scores are a combination of responses from multiple survey questions from students and/or teachers.  This is not an average of raw response data.

The survey uses the Rasch Analysis for data analysis.

  • Item response analysis takes into account patterns in individual’s responses, missing responses, and item difficulty.
  • This analysis also generates a standard error at the individual level and ‘down-weights’ responses, based on patterns.
  • Each response category is considered to be distinctly different and scored differently. For example, strongly agree and agree are considered to be ‘distinctly different’ and analyzed differently.
  • Essentials Scores are an average of all of the Measure scores for the Essential.
  • The overall 5Essentials score is a summary indicator that describes a school’s performance on the combined Essentials.
  • Each Essential Score is assigned a numerical value.
  • Essentials score ranges
    •  Values of each Essential score are added to determine overall 5Essentials Category.

    essentials category

    How can 5Essentials be accessed?

    ● For more information or to review school reports, visit the 2019 5Essentials Survey website

    ● Type in the school name into the search and select the school, in order to explore more specifics for the 5Essentials results.