Training & Support
Use of the CHKS is supported by a wide range of training materials and other resources for presenting your data. The survey’s administration instructions, workshops, guidebooks, workbooks, and presentations are described and posted below for downloading. See other publications that describe the survey or survey results.
Guidebook for the Cal-SCHLS
The following guidebook provides integrated administration instructions for the student (CHKS), staff (CSCS), and parent (CSPS) surveys. The guidebook provides descriptions of the tasks common to all three surveys as well as more detailed instructions for the student survey (including sampling, parent consent, etc.).
For California Schools and Districts
Survey specialists provide on-call consultation in all aspects of survey implementation and use through the Cal-SCHLS toll-free Helpline. Supporting this service is a comprehensive database that includes profiles for every school district conducting the survey, monitors their survey needs and issues, and tracks the services provided.
Cal-SCHLS System Regional Centers
Three Cal-SCHLS Regional Centers provide technical assistance based on localized knowledge. Calls placed to the survey Helpline (888.841.7563) are automatically directed to the school district's own Regional Center. Visit Contact Us for a listing of staff in each center.
Expert Consultant Pool
Non-grantee schools may obtain additional assistance by contacting a school climate consultant.
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News & Highlights
- On-Line Survey Benefits (pdf) describes the benefits of conducting the CHKS on line.
- Assessing School Climate (pdf) describes the value enhancing changes made to the CHKS and CSCS for assessing school climate.
- Using Cal-SCHLS to Assess Social Emotional Learning & Health (pdf). The Social Emotional Health Module (SEHM) boosts the value of the CHKS as a strengths-based assessment of positive emotions, engagement, and other social-emotional capacities linked to student mental health and well-being, academic success, and career and college readiness.
- CHKS 15-16 Revision Summary (pdf). WestEd and the California Department of Education announce revisions to the California School Climate, Health and Learning Survey (Cal-SCHLS) instruments designed to further enhance the system’s value for supporting Local Control and Accountability Plan (LCAP) efforts.
- 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. 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, the Superintendent of Public Instruction encourages CHKS participation to support school climate improvement.
- The Case for Continuing CHKS. This Prevention Tactics publication discusses the benefits of continued CHKS administration. It describes how the decline in CHKS participation stymies prevention efforts throughout California, and provides stakeholder strategies for fiscal, administrative, and community support.