Based on more than 20 years of research by the University of Chicago Consortium on Chicago School Research, 5Essentials is an evidence-based system designed to drive school improvement in schools nationwide. Beginning with the 2015-16 school year, the Seminole County Public Schools (SCPS) implemented the 5Essentials School Improvement Survey in all SCPS schools in place of the SCPS Climate Survey that had been used for the previous 20 years. The purpose for using the 5Essentials Survey is to provide information to schools and districts that can be used for school improvement. Eligible survey respondents included all PreK-12 teachers and students in grades 4-12. 5Essentials Reports were generated for schools if their teachers and/or students meet the response rate threshold of 50 percent.
Parents of SCPS students had the opportunity to participate in a Parent Supplemental Survey. A Parent Supplemental Survey Reports was generated if at least 20 percent of the school’s parents participated in the survey.
The 2015-16 results from both the 5 Essentials School Improvement Survey and the Parent Supplemental Survey are considered baseline information. School leadership teams will utilize this data along with other information to identify and prioritize high-impact needs for strategic planning and problem solving and support the development of the school improvement plan.