Superintendent’s Blog – 5 Essentials Survey

5-Essentials Survey


Beginning today, you will be able to complete the State’s 5Essentials survey. This process, conducted through the University of Chicago, focuses on:

  • Effective Leaders
  • Collaborative Teachers
  • Involved Families
  • Supportive Environments
  • Ambitious Instruction

Twenty years of research at the University of Chicago in more than 400 schools have shown that schools that were strong on at least three of these 5Essentials 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. Survey data is collected from students, parents, and staff members to be used in analyzing our learning community’s current environment.


Please take a few minutes to help us collect this important data; the survey can be found at:


If you have questions or would like more information on a specific topic, please drop me a note at



Bradley Cox

Superintendent of Schools