Take the Survey

January 31, 2024

Dear Families,

Beginning January 30, students, teachers, and families across Illinois will have an opportunity to participate in the annual statewide Illinois 5Essentials Survey. This survey is designed to generate a detailed picture of the inner workings of your child’s school. As a parent, this opportunity will allow you to share your thoughts on the important elements of school effectiveness in a survey about your child’s school.  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

Since parental input is so vital to getting a clear picture of our school, we are asking our families to complete the Parent Supplement survey. If at least 20 percent of Barkstall’s parents complete this survey, a parent supplement report will also be generated and displayed on the State Report Card.  To take the survey please visit http://survey.5-essentials.org/illinois/survey/parent/ and select the appropriate survey to begin.

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 January 30 - March 31.  We will also be providing a link of the survey to our website, PTA Facebook, School Messenger, and Newsletter messages from staff.

For more information about the Illinois 5Essentials Survey, or to view previous years’ Reports, please visit https://www.5-essentials.org/illinois. If you have any questions or concerns, please contact us at Barkstall. 


Jessica Bradford,

Barkstall Principal