School Climate Reports 2018-19
CalSCHLS, comprised of three surveys (California Healthy Kids Survey or CHKS, California School Parent Survey or CSPS, and California School Staff Survey or CSSS),
is a research-based assessment of all the major domains of school climate as it affects students, staff, and parents:
- student, teacher, and parent engagement;
- school academic expectations and rigor;
- student academic mindset and learning motivation;
- positive interpersonal relationships among and between students, staff, and parents;
- opportunities for meaningful participation, decision-making, and engagement;
- school safety (social-emotional & physical), violence, victimization (bullying);
- discipline and order; clarity of rules and behavioral expectations;
- mental and physical health, including substance use, depression/suicide risk, and other health risks and learning barriers;
- student social-emotional learning and development;
- respect for diversity and equity;
- school/district supports, services, and policies related to students, staff, and parents; and
- school physical environment and facilities.
The content of the three surveys is aligned so that responses on common questions and summary measures can be compared across students, staff, and parents.
A unique feature of CalSCHLS is its strength-based focus and theoretical framework drawn from resilience and youth development research.
It provides data on protective factors that mitigate against the effects of stress, trauma, and other risk factors.