MORRIS – Morris Community High School has joined the second statewide survey of school climate and learning conditions, which allows teachers, students and parents to have a voice in improving their school.
“We like to get feedback from the students, teachers and parents on any items that need improvement,” Superintendent Pat Halloran said. “We also want to hear what things are going right.”
The survey started March 17 and will end Friday. The district needs 30 percent of the parents to respond in order to get results, and as of Tuesday, it only had 16 percent.
“Even though it’s not mandatory this year because we participated last year, we want to participate so we can get the data to our rising star school improvement team,” Halloran said.
The research-based survey helps identify strengths and weaknesses in the school’s learning environment. The survey asks participants to set aside 20 minutes to take the survey, although it may not take that long.
Participating in the second survey will give the school a chance to reflect on progress since last year’s survey.
Participants are asked to answer questions such as “How often does staff invite you to school events?” And, “What is the way you would prefer to be contacted?”
It also asks participants to answer to what degree they agree or disagree with statements such as “The teachers respect me,” and “The teachers do their best to help my children learn.”
The Illinois 5Essentials Survey provides a comprehensive picture of a school’s organizational culture in an individualized report measuring five essentials: critical for school success, effective leaders, collaborative teachers, involved families, supportive environment and ambitious instruction.
According to a news release, 20 years of University of Chicago research in more than 400 schools has shown that schools that were strong on at least three of the 5Essentials categories were 10 times more likely to make substantial gains in improving student reading and math than schools that were weak on three or more of the essentials.
“The State Board continues its commitment to helping schools provide a more complete picture of their learning conditions and guide state and local efforts for school improvement,” State Superintendent of Education Christopher Koch said in a news release. “The Illinois 5Essentials Survey provides an important chance for schools to check in with their communities and gather critical feedback to validate district improvement efforts.”
Halloran said that meeting the 50 percent of students and teachers required to participate is easier to obtain since they are in school. But it also is important that parents participate so they can receive the results.
Parents of Morris Community High School students can find a link to the survey on second statewide survey of school climate and learning conditions at www.morrishs.org or directly at www.illinois.5-essentials.org to participate.