ACHS and AGS Parents:

Beginning December 5, students, teachers and parents across Illinois will have an opportunity to participate in the sixth 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

Prior research in more than 400 schools has shown that schools that were strong on at least three of these “5Essential” indicators were 10 times more likely to improve student learning gains in math and reading than those that were weak on three or more Essentials.

All teachers and 6th through 12th grade students will be responding to this survey. 5Essentials Reports will be generated for schools if their teachers and/or students meet the response rate threshold of 50 percent. These reports will be sent to schools and districts in March 2018 and will also be included in the State School Report Card.

Additionally, your district has chosen to provide the optional 5Essentials parent survey. If at least 20 percent of Altamont High School parents or Altamont Grade School parents complete this survey, a parent supplement for each school that reached the 20% mark 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 your child’s school and guide improvement. Your identity and survey responses will be kept completely confidential and will never be connected to you or your child.

The Illinois 5Essentials Survey will be conducted November 15 through January 18, 2018. To take the survey please visit to begin the survey.

For more information about the Illinois 5Essentials Survey, or to view previous years’ Reports, please visit If you have any questions or concerns, please contact 5Essentials Client Services at 1-866-440-1874 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

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    The printers in our school have issues. They go from functioning perfectly to spewing out many papers with gibberish. The printers start to have problems when they are overwhelmed with many large documents in a short period of time. Once this happens, the printers seem to lock up and not respond to any more commands. Clicking “print” repeatedly on the same document doesn’t help the situation at all. Eventually, the printers will print everything that was sent to them, so every time we click “print” on a document means another copy.

    Another issue that has recently been discovered is that Google Drive on some computers is duplicating documents. Google Drive is not just duplicating a few, extra copies, it is duplicating up to thousands of the same document. This issue is causing Google Drive on some computers to have extremely long load times. Some classes do not require students to use their Google Drive; however, there are classes that it is mandatory in. Comp IV uses Google Drive constantly. Students type their papers on Google Docs, and then they have to enter their Google Drive to share their papers with Mrs. Stuckemeyer so she can grade the papers.

    Although there are issues with the school’s printers and Google Drive on some computers, these issues can be avoided. When the printers seem to not be working properly, instead of pressing “print” repeatedly, just be patient and wait for the printer to process through all the documents. Also, when we are done using documents on our computers, we should delete those documents so our Google Drives won’t be cluttered.

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