Please take a moment to learn about how Elizabeth Ide School performs on the Illinois 5Essentials:

5Essentials is an evidence-based system designed to drive improvement in schools nationwide—it reliably measures changes in a school organization through the 5Essentials Survey and provides individualized, actionable reports for each school. The 5Essentials system is based on more than 20 years of research by the University of Chicago Consortium on School Research on five components found to be critical for school success: Effective Leaders: The principal works 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.


The 5Essentials Survey is taken by all pre-kindergarten through 12th grade teachers and all 6th through 12th-grade students and usually requires no more than 30 minutes to complete.  The information collected through the survey is rigorously reviewed and analyzed to generate a 5Essentials Report for each school. The 5Essentials Report includes a breakdown of teacher and student responses and, most importantly, provides a comprehensive picture of the school environment based on five essential areas (Effective Leaders, Collaborative Teachers, Involved Families, Supportive Environment, and Ambitious Instruction) critical for school improvement in a meaningful context of similar and successful schools.  


Past research has shown that schools strong on at least three of the five essentials are 10 times more likely to improve student learning than schools weak on three or more of the five essentials.  All survey items are multiple choice questions and there are no open-ended responses. - The 5Essentials Student Survey asks questions about students’ experiences, attitudes, and activities in school. - The 5Essentials Teacher Survey asks questions about a variety of topics, including instruction, professional development, and the school as a workplace. - The parent survey supplement asks questions about the parent’s overall relationship with the school.

The 5Essentials Reports provide district and school leadership with the data needed to assess their school’s organizational conditions and inform school improvement planning.  Based on these results, Elizabeth Ide School identifies up to two (2) targeted areas from one or more of the five components as part of a continuous cycle for school improvement. These goals can be found by reviewing our School's Improvement Plan. Targeted areas are located below: Effective Leaders: -2019 - Program Coherence -2018 - Teacher Influence Collaborative Teachers: -2019 - Quality Professional Development -2018 - Collective Responsibility Involved Families: Supportive Environment: Ambitious Instruction: