5Essentials Survey

District 145 will again join the Illinois State Board of Education (ISBE) in the sixth statewide survey of school climate and learning conditions. The survey provides a unique opportunity for students,teachers, and parents to have a voice in improving their schools. From October 26 through January 18, students, teachers, and parents will be asked to take a research-based survey to help identify strengths and weaknesses in the learning environment of our schools. This survey will serve as an opportunity for schools to reflect on progress since the last statewide implementation.

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 

Twenty years of research at the University of Chicago 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. We will receive our 5Essentials Report in March 2018. Survey results will also be reported publically on the 2018 State School Report Card website.

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Parent University Survey

Arbor Park values the active role parents take in their child’s education. In order to support this relationship, the District has an implemented parent education program called “Parent University.” We offer free classes on various educational topics throughout the school year so parents can become better equipped to support their child’s learning. Research indicates that when schools work together with families to support learning, students perform better in school and throughout life. Please take the survey to provide feedback.

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