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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.

On-Call Support

CDE funds three CalSCHLS Regional Centers to provide technical assistance based on localized knowledge. Technical Advisors provide on-call consultation in all aspects of survey implementation and use through a toll-free Helpline. One of our Technical Advisors will walk you through everything you need to know to administer the CalSCHLS surveys in your school or district.

Calls placed to the survey Helpline (888.841.7536) are automatically directed to a school district’s Regional Center. Contact us for a listing of staff in each center.

Guidelines and Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

  • CalSCHLS Survey Administration Guide. Provides integrated planning administration instructions for the student (CHKS), staff (CSSS), and parent (CSPS) surveys, task-by-task.
  • Frequently Asked Questions. A list of the questions that survey Technical Advisors have received over the past 20 years and answers to them.


Workshops are offered for a fee of $125/hour (preparation, travel, and presentation time) plus travel costs. Custom coaching on using data to guide action planning is also available.

Onsite CalSCHLS Overview Presentations

Short (15 minutes to two-hour) overview of the CalSCHLS system designed to be given to school boards, superintendents, school/community leaders, and other stakeholders. Customized to meet participant needs, presentations are designed to provide an overview of CalSCHLS, what the surveys measure, why CalSCHLS is important, and how it aligns with Local Control and Accountability Plans and the California School Dashboard. Participants also learn how CalSCHLS can be used to improve student outcomes and school climate for students, staff, and parents.

CalSCHLS Administration Training

A walk through of everything needed to know to administer the CalSCHLS surveys in schools and districts. When County Offices of Education organize the training for their districts, the CDE pays for travel and two hours (while funds are available). Admin Training Flyer

CalSCHLS Data Workshop

Three to four-hour workshop to help review data and identify key strengths, needs, and other results to inform efforts to improve schools and student engagement and well-being. These workshops are usually offered by a COE for districts to dig into their own data or by a district for school site administrators and/or teams to examine their own data. Data Workshop Flyer

The two-hour Administration Training and three-hour Data Workshop can be combined and offered as a full day workshop. Admin Data Combination Flyer

Resources and Tools

Survey Resources and Tools

  • CalSCHLS Specifications. A handy two-page listing of CalSCHLS content, configuration, requirements, and level of administration.
  • CalSCHLS Overview. A summary of the purpose, content, and benefits of using the CalSCHLS system.
  • Fee Schedule. Provides the costs for conducting the basic surveys and the custom services that are available. All costs are determined by the California Department of Education.
  • Summary of Changes 2018-19. Summarizes changes to CalSCHLS Surveys.
  • Frequently Asked Questions. A list of the questions that survey Technical Advisors have received over the past 20 years and answers to them. Designed to facilitate survey planning.
  • CalSCHLS Survey Administration Guide. Provides integrated planning administration instructions for the student (CHKS), staff (CSSS), and parent (CSPS) surveys, task-by-task.
  • CHKS School Instructions. Instructions for the school site coordinators, teachers, and proctors to aid in the training of staff in administering the CHKS.
  • CalSCHLS Item Crosswalk. This handy table lists all the constructs and questions that are on two or more of the CalSCHLS surveys, along with the report table number where results can be found, to assist in the comparison of findings among students, staff, and parents.

Survey Content Guides

Guides to Practice

  • School Climate What Works Briefs: Summaries of state-of-the-art practices, strategies, and programs for improving school climate based on current research on topics aligned with the domain areas assessed by CalSCHLS.
  • California Safe and Supportive Schools Website is a resource funded by the California Department of Education for supporting all California schools in the important task of fostering positive school climates as part of school improvement plans. It provides access to a wealth of information, publications, tools, and other materials to support data-driven school climate improvement.
  • Resiliency: What We Have Learned by Bonnie Benard. The California Healthy Kids Survey is a strength-based assessment that provides data on key external and internal assets that research has shown to be linked to fostering resilience even among youth in high-risk environments. This book provides a masterful summary of this research and explains why these protective factors are so important, as well as guidance on strategies you can implement to foster those assets.
  • Sign Up for the School Climate Connection Newsletter. Keep informed about CalSCHLS-related developments and the latest research, resources, policies, and practices related to school climate and student, staff, and parent supports, particularly in California. Read current and archived newsletters here.
  • School Climate Connection Archive – Coming soon!


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


Factsheets summarize the results of analyses of statewide data conducted on different topics.

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