About the CHKS

The California Healthy Kids Survey (CHKS) is a powerful tool for use in Grades 5-12 that can help schools and districts accurately identify areas of student and school strengths and weaknesses, and address related needs. It provides a comprehensive, data-driven, decision-making process to guide efforts to improve school climate, learning supports, and engagement, as well as identify and increase the quality of health, prevention, and youth development programs.

At the heart of the CHKS is a broad range of key learning and health-related indicators that are used to collect student data on attitudes, behaviors, and experiences related to school and learning. School connectedness, developmental supports and opportunities, safety, violence and harassment, substance use, and physical and mental health are some of the key areas assessed by the survey.

The research-based assessment of factors that promote resilience and positive youth development is one of the surveys many unique benefits. Additionally, the CHKS can be customized by schools and districts to meet local needs. The survey includes a general, core set of questions, plus a series of supplementary modules covering specific topics. Schools can add questions of their own choosing or creation on other topics of local interest via a search feature that identifies questions previously used by other schools. The customizability of the CHKS allows schools and districts to receive relevant, useful knowledge tailored to their needs. Detailed information about the CHKS content can be found in the individual Survey Content Guidebooks for the Core, Resilience and Youth Development, and Supplemental Modules (pdfs).

The California Healthy Kids Survey (CHKS) is a companion tool to the California School Climate Survey (CSCS) and the California School Parent Survey (CSPS). Together they form the California School Climate, Health, and Learning Survey (Cal-SCHLS) System – a comprehensive set of integrated surveys designed to help schools meet the mandates and goals in the Obama administration’s blueprint for proposed reauthorization of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA) released by the U.S. Department of Education in March 2010.

Psychometric Properties of the CHKS

Measuring Resilience and Youth Development: The Psychometric Properties of the Healthy Kids Survey (pdf)

This report summarizes the findings from a study of the psychometric properties of the resilience and youth development module, a key component of the Healthy Kids Survey. The study aims to improve resilience assessment and research so that educators can shape the school environment to promote academic resilience.

Healthy Kids School Climate Reader (pdf)

This document compiles a list of research related to the CHKS and how its data have been used to promote school success.

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“If we didn’t have the CHKS, we loose the ability to make quality data driven decisions to promote wellness at our schools. We loose data that is necessary to write grants for funding. We loose an important tool that tracks our progress over time, and gives us site to site; district to district; district to county/state/national; gender to gender; ethnicity to ethnicity pictures of student habits and attitudes.”

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News & Highlights

  • Healthy Kids Survey Highlighted by US Department of Education The Obama Administration released a series of documents outlining the research that supports the proposals in its blueprint for revising the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA). The Administration’s approach calls for comprehensive data-driven efforts to improve school climate by improving school safety and promoting students’ physical and mental health and well-being. The CHKS and its companion School Climate Survey for staff were the only models described in detail. The soon-to-be-released new parent survey was also discussed. Download the report (pdf).