Parent Feedback Survey - 5Essentials

Beginning May 15, 2019, teachers, parents, and students across the Archdiocese of Chicago will have an opportunity to participate in the 5Essentials Survey. This survey is designed to generate a detailed picture of the inner workings of our 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 as well as additional content regarding Catholic identity and faith.

The 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

Prior research has shown that schools that were strong on at least three of these “5Essential” 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.

All teachers and 4th through 12th grade students will be responding to this survey. 5Essentials Reports will be generated for schools if their teachers and/or students meet the response rate threshold of 50 percent. These reports will be sent to schools and districts in July 2019.

Additionally, St. Benedict Preparatory School has opted to provide the 5Essential parent survey. If at least 20 percent of St. Benedict Preparatory School parents complete this survey, a parent supplement report will also be generated by 5Essentials for administrative use.            

Your participation in the parent portion of the survey will help us understand the conditions at our 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 5Essentials Survey will be conducted May 15 – May 31, 2019 To take the survey please visit

I appreciate your participation. The feedback is meaningful and important to us.


Ms. Rachel Gemo, Head of Parish School