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Take the 5Essentials Survey!

Take the 5Essentials Survey!

The window for D65 staff and parents/caregivers to complete the 5Essentials Survey is now open! From now through March 29, 2024, staff and families are encouraged to complete the survey, which usually takes about 10 minutes to complete.

Data from the 5Essentials Survey provides our school leaders with valuable insights that are used to develop effective school improvement plans.

Fourth- through eighth-grade students are also encouraged to complete the survey and will be provided time in school to do so during the survey window.

Your identity and survey responses will be kept completely confidential and will never be connected to you. School reports will be available to the public in June and Illinois State Report Card in the fall.

Take the time to complete the 5Essentials Survey and help improve our school communities!

About the 5Essentials Survey

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
  • Collaborative Teachers
  • Involved Families
  • Supportive Environments
  • Ambitious Instruction

This data is valuable for school improvement planning and ongoing student support. Prior research in more than 400 schools has shown that schools that are strong on at least three of these “5Essential” indicators are 10 times more likely to improve student learning gains in math and reading than those that are weak on three or more Essentials. This research informed the development of our strategic plan and the survey data is used each year for school improvement planning across the District.

For more information about the Illinois 5Essentials Survey, or to view previous years’ reports, please visit

All fourth through eighth grade students, staff members, and parents are encouraged to complete the 5Essentials Survey. Thank you in advance for your participation!