Administer the Survey
The CHKS (CSCS/CSPS) survey administration procedures are based on over twenty years of experience in school-based survey research and have been designed to minimize the burden on staff in planning and conducting the survey. To begin the process, contact your Regional Survey Center to schedule a date; determine whether to use paper surveys with answer sheets or the web-based version, discuss your survey content and any special needs you may have (e.g., use of supplementary or custom modules, or expanding the sample), and whether to use active or passive parental consent; and then complete the Memorandum of Understanding with CDE. Step-by-step guidelines are provided in the Survey Guidebook, which should be thoroughly reviewed before proceeding. In addition, the following materials, forms, and tools are available:
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News & Highlights
- New! Assessing School Climate (pdf) describes the changes made to the CHKS and CSCS that enhance their value for assessing school climate.
- Using Cal-SCHLS to Assess Social-emotional Learning and Health (pdf).The Social Emotional Health Module (SEHM) greatly enhances the value of the CHKS as a strength-based assessment of positive emotions, engagement, ability to build and maintain relationships, and other social-emotional capacities linked to student mental health and well-being, as well as academic success and career and college readiness.
- CHKS 13-14 Revision Summary (pdf). WestEd and the California Department of Education announce the most extensive revision of the Healthy Kids Survey (HKS) since its launch in 1998. Among the changes are a shorten Core Module with more focus on school climate and culture, an expanded School Climate Module, and a new Social Emotional Health Module.
- CHKS Funding Opportunity (pdf). Funding from California Health Care Services is available to cover the costs of CHKS district administration for districts that have at least one secondary school participating in the representative sample for the 2013-2014 Biennial CHKS. Participation involves adding the CHKS Supplemental AOD Module for the Biennial sample schools. Download the list of Biennial Statewide CHKS sample schools and the survey incentives offered.
- Helpful Resources for Local Control and Accountability Plans and School Safety Plans (pdf). Learn how the CHKS — along with its companion school staff and parent surveys — is an invaluable resource to CA schools for developing, monitoring, and evaluating their Local Control and Accountability Plan (LCAP) and comprehensive School Safety Plan, as required by state legislation.
- Tom Torlakson Urges LEA Participation in the CHKS. In a letter to County and District Superintendents and Charter School Administrators, Superintendent of Public Instruction, Tom Torlakson, encourages CHKS participation to support school climate improvement.
- The Case for Continuing CHKS. A new Prevention Tactics publication on the benefits of continued CHKS administration is available for download. It discusses how the decline in CHKS participation stymies prevention efforts throughout California. Stakeholder strategies to ensure fiscal, administrative, and community support are provided.