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The CalSCHLS System is supported by on-call technical assistance and a wide range of training and instructional materials. Survey administration instructions, workshops, guidebooks, workbooks, and presentations are described and posted below for downloading.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

  • Frequently Asked Questions. A list of the questions that survey Technical Advisors have received over the past 21 years and answers to them.
  • Using CalSCHLS Data for the LCAP. A resource for LEAs using CalSCHLS for their Local Control Funding Formula (LCFF) self-reflection tools on the Local Control Accountability Plan (LCAP).

Workshops and Trainings

Survey Administration Trainings

The CalSCHLS TA team offers a two-hour survey administration training at no charge when County Offices of Education organize a training for their districts. The CalSCHLS TA team offers customized trainings for districts at the CDE subsidized rate of $125 per hour. To schedule a countywide training or request a custom training, please contact Leslie Poynor.

Data Workshops and Coaching

The CalSCHLS TA team offers data workshops and data coaching at the CDE subsidized rate of $125 per hour to assist counties, districts, and schools in understanding and using their data. The workshop and coaching are designed to engage stakeholders in locating, reviewing, interpreting, understanding, and acting on their local data. For more information, contact Leslie Poynor.

Resources and Tools

Survey Resources and Tools

Guides to Practice


  • CalSCHLS Research Reader summarizes studies that have been conducted based on, or about, the suite of CalSCHLS surveys.

Studies Examining How School Climate and Health are Related to Academic Performance and Other Factors

  • A Climate for Academic Success. Analyzing the relationship between the CalSCHLS School Climate Index and standardized academic test scores among schools that are demographically similar, this study found that a positive school climate is a crucial factor associated with California schools that consistently "beat the odds" and realize greater academic success than predicted for their student population.
  • Ensuring That No Child Is Left Behind. This non-technical report summarizes the findings from a study examining how gains in test scores are related to health-related barriers to student learning.
  • CHKS School Facilities Report. This report describes how student reports of the quality of the school physical environment relate to other characteristics of schools, based on three items added to the CHKS in response to a request from the California Department of Education’s Facilities Management Office.

Psychometric Studies