Friday, February 15, has been declared 5Essentials Day in Illinois. Students, teachers, and parents are being encouraged to complete a survey on school climate and learning conditions.
The Illinois 5Essentials Survey is the first statewide survey administered by the Illinois State Board of Education. Through the survey, the ISBE hopes to get a better understanding of Illinois schools and the students and teachers they serve.
The five essentials in the survey are:
"This survey will generate the kind of feedback that parents, teachers and students routinely discuss in parking lots and school hallways but has never before been solicited and shared across the state," ISBE Chairman Gery J. Chico said. "This survey is not intended to be punitive but instead help local leaders identify and celebrate their strengths as well as those areas that need improvement."
In order to generate a school-level report and have summary information printed on 2013 school report cards, each school must have 50 percent participation. The survey will help schools target resources and make decisions to accelerate learning and improve test scores.
The survey has been available since February 1 and almost 150,000 people have completed it so far. It will continue to be available until the end of March at illinois.5-essentials.org.
Results will be shared with the ISBE and schools this summer. The cost of the survey is covered by Federal Race to the Top funds.
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