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5Essentials Survey | January 11, 2016

On behalf of the Illinois State Board of Education, the Illinois 5Essentials Survey will be administered online by UChicago Impact at the University of Chicago.  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 survey will be administered to teachers, students (in grades 6-8), and parents.   The teacher and student results will be reported on the State Report Card.  If at least 20% of Ridgewood parent complete this survey, a parent report will also be generated.

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

To take the survey please visit and select the appropriate survey to begin.


Heidi L. Lensing, Principal