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About the CHKS

The California Healthy Kids Survey (CHKS) is a powerful tool for use in Grades 4-12 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.

The California Healthy Kids Survey (CHKS) is a companion tool to the California School Staff Survey (CSSS) 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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