17: What has been done to test the relevance and predictive validity of this survey for statewide use?

Several projects were conducted last year to further improve the implementation of the Illinois 5Essentials Survey. These included a pilot in five districts to enhance survey security through use of teacher and student rosters, a review of items for statewide applicability prior to the 2014 administration, a research study to examine the use of the survey data across the state, and a research study to examine the relationship between survey results and student test score gains using data from across the state. Results of these projects will be posted to the Illinois 5Essentials website as they become available.