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Parent 5 Essentials Survey

Dear Melzer Families,

Students, parents, and teachers across Illinois have the opportunity to participate in the seventh 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.

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

East Maine School District 63 has chosen to provide the optional 5Essentials parent survey.  If at least 20 percent of Melzer parents complete this survey, a parent supplement will also be generated.  The parent data will not be reported on the State Report Card.

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

Parents will be able to take the Illinois 5Essential Survey until February 15.  Please visit to begin your survey. The survey takes about 20 minutes and is recommended to be completed in one session.

For more information about the Illinois 5Essentials Survey, please visit  If you have any questions or concerns, please contact 5Essentials Client Services at 1-866-440-1874 or