Comprehensive School Climate Inventory (CSCI), 2016-17

  • In District 86 we know that feedback is important to the self-awareness that leads to improvement. This is true for students, faculty, staff, administrators, and for our organization as a whole. Therefore, we frequently survey our students, staff, and parents to learn about their attitudes, actions and beliefs regarding their school's educational programs, supports, and services. The results are used to set school improvement goals. District 86 has made a commitment to this long-term practice.

    The Illinois legislation formalized school surveys statewide with the passage of Senate Bill 7. This bill required that the Illinois State Board of Education (ISBE) establish a survey of school climate and learning conditions that school districts would administer on a biennial basis, beginning with the 2012-13 school year. The tool created by ISBE is called the 5Essentials Survey. After administering this for the first time, many districts across the state expressed concerns about the tool. As a result, for the 2014-15 school year, districts were allowed the option to select an alternative assessment to the state’s survey tool from a list of approved instruments.

    The District 86 Board of Education approved the district administration's request to administer the Comprehensive School Climate Survey in place of the 5Essentials Survey. For more information regarding this decision, refer to the Board memo under the "Helpful Documents" section below. The district followed the ISBE timelines during the 2014-15 year for the administration of our mandated, biennial school climate surveys.

    In January 2017, District 86 administered the CSCI for the second time. This will allow us to compare the April 2015 results with the April 2017 results to draw conclusions about how our efforts are working to provide the highest quality school culture for students, parents, and staff.

    The next pages of this website contain the results from both high schools, which were released to us in April of 2017. On September 5, 2017, an analysis of the results was presented to the Board of Education and the public. The report can be found in "Helpful Documents" section at the bottom of this page. Individual school reports can be found on the school webpages that follow. In October 2017, some of these data will be included on our schools' interactive report cards released by the state. During that month, a summary of the survey results, along with future action steps will be shared publicly with the D86 Board of Education.