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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)

Workshops and Presentations

Workshops are offered at the CDE supported rate of $125/hour (preparation, travel, and presentation time) plus travel costs. Custom coaching on using data to guide action planning is also available. To request an on-site workshop or presentation, contact Leslie Poynor at

CalSCHLS Overview Presentations

A 30-minute video providing a general overview of the CalSCHLS system, what the surveys measure, why CalSCHLS is important, how it aligns with Local Control and Accountability Plans and the California School Dashboard, and how CalSCHLS can be used to improve student outcomes and school climate for students, staff, and parents can be viewed here:

CalSCHLS Administration Training

A walkthrough 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 offers this two-hour on-site at no charge to the COE or districts. Admin Training Flyer You may view the slides for the Administration Training here.

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

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 2019-20. Summarizes changes to CalSCHLS Surveys.
  • Frequently Asked Questions. A list of the questions that survey Technical Advisors have received over the past 21 years and answers to them. Designed to facilitate survey planning.
  • CalSCHLS Survey Administration Instructions. 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.
  • 2017-18, 2018-19, and 2019-20 CalSCHLS Item Crosswalk. These handy tables list 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

  • Assessing School Climate describes the value of the CalSCHLS student, staff, and parent surveys for assessing school climate, listing constructs and individual indicators.
  • LCAP and the CalSCHLS data system. Download the slide deck for the LCAP and CalSCHLS data system presentation that describes the value of the CalSCHLS data system for meeting the state required LCAP priorities of school climate, pupil engagement, parent involvement and facilities maintenance.
  • Helpful Resources for Local Control and Accountability Plans and School Safety Plans. Learn how the CHKS — along with its companion school staff and parent surveys — is an invaluable resource to California schools for developing, monitoring, and evaluating their Local Control and Accountability Plan (LCAP) and Comprehensive School Safety Plan, as required by state legislation.
  • Using CalSCHLS to Assess Social-Emotional Learning and Health (Coming Soon). Describes how the CHKS Core and Social Emotional Health Module (SEHM) provide a comprehensive profile of student social-emotional competency (learning) and health, and the related supports schools provide, including questions aligned with the framework developed by the Collaborative for Academic, Social, and Emotional Learning (CASEL). The staff survey provides data on the perception of adults in the school on social-emotional service needs and provision.
  • Making Sense of School Climate: Using the California School Climate, Health, & Learning Survey (CalSCHLS) System to Inform Your School Improvement Efforts provides an overview of the eight important dimensions of school climate. It outlines the items on each of the three CalSCHLS surveys that assess each school climate domain, and is intended for use as a companion reference guide.
  • Making Data Driven Decisions in Student Support and School Mental Health Programs: A Guidebook for Practice summarizes relevant survey questions and discusses how they relate to mental health issues and assessment needs, as well as how the surveys can be used to develop and implement school mental health programs.

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.
  • School Climate Connection Archive


  • 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