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5Essentials Survey

Parents, students, and teachers are invited to participate in giving feedback on school climate and learning conditions in District 103 through the state-administered, Illinois 5Essentials Survey.

This 20-minute survey is a great way for D103 parents to provide input into the five indicators from the survey that affect and predict school success:

  • Effective Leaders

  • Collaborative Teachers

  • Involved Families

  • Supportive Environments

  • Ambitious Instruction

This survey is designed to generate a detailed picture of the inner workings of your child's school. As a parent, this opportunity allows you to share your thoughts on the important elements of school effectiveness in a survey about your child's school.

On behalf of the Illinois State Board of Education, the Illinois 5Essentials Survey is administered online by UChicago Impact at the University of Chicago. The survey gathers data related to the five indicators that can predict important student outcomes, including improved attendance and larger test score gains.

Prior research in more than 400 schools has shown that schools that were strong on at least three of these "5 Essential" indicators were 10 times more likely to improve student learning gains in math and reading than those that were weak on three or more essentials.

Our staff across the district and our students in fourth- through eighth-grade will be responding to this survey along with parents. 5Essentials reports will be generated for schools when teachers and students meet the response rate thresholds of 50 percent. If at least 20 percent of the parents at each of our schools complete a survey, then a parent supplement will also be generated. These reports will be sent to schools and districts and will also be included in the State School Report Card.

Your participation in the parent portion of the survey will help us understand the conditions at your child's school and guide improvement. Your identity and survey responses will be kept completely confidential and will never be connected to you or your child.

The Illinois 5Essentials Survey will be conducted through March 31, 2023. To take the parent survey please visit: 5Essentials Parent Survey. Enter Lake in the "County" prompt. If you have a child attending more than one District 103 school, we invite you to complete a 5Essentials Survey for each child’s school:

  • Laura B. Sprague School

  • Half Day School

  • Daniel Wright Junior High School

For more information about the Illinois 5Essentials Survey, or to view previous years' reports, please visit the 5Essentials website. If you have any questions, please contact 5Essentials Client Services at 866-440-1874 or email