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All Cal-SCHLS reports are produced at the district level and posted on the website around November for the prior school year. Districts also have the option to request that their data be reported at the school level if they surveyed a sufficient number of students in their schools. Secondary Schools and Districts can request a user-friendly School Climate Report Card that summarizes results in eight school domains.

Comparing your CHKS results with other local, regional, state, or national datasets may help guide program decisions by placing the results in a larger context. How do your students compare to others in your area? Are the trends you see locally also occurring on a larger scale? If so, the changes you see locally might be rooted less in local circumstances or programs than in broader socio-cultural trends.

County-Level Reports

County-level reports were produced for all counties in California up to 2010-2011. These are two-year aggregated and weighted reports that encompass all schools that administered the CHKS within the two-year cycle. County-level reports can be publicly accessed through the online Reports Search Engine.

County level reports are currently produced by request only and the CHKS must have been conducted by a representative sample of the county. The County-Level Report Policy below shows the requirements to qualify for a county level report and how County Offices of Education can help encourage their districts to conduct the survey.

State-level Reports

State-level reports consist of two-year compilations because most districts administer the survey every other year.

Biennial Statewide Student Survey Results

Statewide norms in California have also been provided since 1987 by the biennial statewide California Student Survey (CSS), which uses a randomly-selected representative sample of secondary schools. Not only were many of the CHKS items on drug use and violence derived from the CSS, but the CSS was later expanded to include all the items on the CHKS Core. In 2011-13, the separate CSS was replaced by embedding the randomly-selected sample within the CHKS administration process, producing a new Biennial State CHKS Report based on a representative state sample rather then the aggregation of all local administrations used in the past. For the Biennial CHKS, the data were collected over a two-year period, with funding also provided by the Department of Health Care Services. The Biennial CHKS instrument consists of the Core Module and the Department of Health Care Services. The Biennial CHKS instrument consists of the Core Module and the supplemental module on Alcohol and Other Drug Use.

Aggregated California CHKS Data

Aggregated state-level reports are created by combining all the data from all districts that administered the CHKS over a two-year period, because most districts administer the survey every other year. Results are weighted to reflect overall student enrollment statewide, per grade. For secondary schools, in 2011, this method was replaced by using a randomly-selected statewide sample to conduct a Biennial Statewide CHKS (see below).

Elementary (5th Grade) Main Reports

Secondary (Upper Grades) Main Reports

Secondary (Upper Grades) Main Reports, disaggregated by non-smoker vs. smoker

Secondary (Upper Grades) Migrant Education Reports

Secondary (Upper Grades) CTAG Reports, disaggregated by race/ethnicity of student enrollment

CHKS School Facilities Results

In response to requests from the California Department of Education’s Facilities Management Office, three questions were added to the CHKS secondary survey to assess students’ perceptions of the physical environment of their school. This report describes the results of descriptive analyses conducted on these items based on data collected from the 2015-16 CHKS administration by 1,657 schools in 461 districts. It sheds light on how student reports of the quality of the school physical environment relate to other characteristics of schools.


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