IRSD administers 5Essentials survey to improve student learning

DAGSBORO – The Indian River School District will soon join the Delaware Department of Education to administer the 5Essentials Survey, which is part of DOE’s new Delaware School Success Framework.

The 5Essentials Survey is an opportunity for teachers, students and families across the district to share their voice and have a role in improving their schools. Between Jan. 19 and March 18 teachers, students and families will be asked to take a 20-minute survey to help identify strengths and weaknesses in their school’s climate and learning conditions.

“The data that will be compiled from the 5Essentails survey will be extremely important in providing the best possible learning environment and educational resources for our students,” said Jay Owens, IRSD Director of Accountability. “Teachers, students and parents are encouraged to take this valuable survey and have their voices heard to effect positive change in their schools.”

The parent/family survey is comprised of approximately 26 questions. The responses from the parent/family survey do not affect schools’ performance on the 5Essentials and are meant only to complement the teacher and student data. The parent survey is available for all families who have a child attending a school in the Indian River School District.

The surveys will be available at beginning on January 19.

Research has shown that schools that were strong on at least three of the 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. Strength on components within the Essentials also correlated with increased teacher retention, student attendance, college enrollment and high school graduation. 5Essentials results will be made available to administrators and the public in May.

DOE has produced state, district and school-level report cards of education performance in alignment with federal requirements but will launch a new accountability system in the 2015-16 school year. One of the major components of that system is the inclusion of a state survey of students, teachers and families that is geared towards providing a more comprehensive picture of school performance including environment, social-emotional learning indicators and perception data.

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