5 Essentials

Research shows that schools strong on the five essentials are ten times more likely to improve student learning than schools weak on the five essentials.
Learn about the unique opportunity for teachers, students and parents to have a voice in improving the state’s nearly 4,000 schools by participating in the Illinois 5Essentials Survey.

This spring Illinois will lead the nation in providing a unique opportunity to deliver more comprehensive and reliable information on how to improve schools that test scores alone simply cannot capture. The end result will be a comprehensive user-friendly school report that offers a comprehensive picture of schools’ strengths and weaknesses providing a clear pathway to improvement. 5Essentials is based on more than 20 years of research by theUniversity of Chicago’s Consortium on Chicago School Research on schools and what makes them successful.

Learn more about 5Essentials.

View a Sample Report.