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From January 30, 2024 through March 29, 2024, teachers, parents, guardians, and 4th through 12th grade students across Illinois are encouraged to participate in the 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.

Survey Website:

Deadline: Friday, March 29, 2024

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: The principal works with teachers to implement a clear and strategic vision for school success.

  • Collaborative Teachers: The staff is committed to the school, receives strong professional development, and works together to improve the school.

  • 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 of 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.

Parent Survey

All D100 parents are encouraged to take this survey. If parents have more than one child at a school, they can complete one survey for each child. Parents with children enrolled in multiple schools may take the survey for each school. It takes just a few minutes to complete a parent survey, and it is completely confidential. Your identity and survey responses will be kept completely confidential and will never be connected to you or your child.

The state will only generate the parent survey results if at least 20 percent of parents at a school respond to the survey. If the parent participation requirement is met, this data will be made available to principals. 

To take the parent survey, please visit between January 30 and March 29, 2024.

Student Survey – for 4th through 12th grade

Illinois is only allowing 4th through 12th graders to take the survey. Students will be given time to take the survey at school.

Teacher Survey

All D100 teachers will be asked to take the survey. The State Board of Education is only administering the survey to certified teachers whose primary responsibility involves teaching students for the majority of the school day and year.

The identities of those taking the survey will be kept completely confidential, and survey responses will not be linked to any individual. More information can be found online at

For more information about the Illinois 5Essentials Survey, or to view previous years’ Reports, please visit If you have any questions or concerns, please contact UChicago Impact Survey Support at 866-440-1874 or