Welcome to the Cal-SCHLS System website
The California School Climate, Health, and Learning Survey (CAL-SCHLS) System comprises three interrelated surveys developed for and supported by the California Department of Education:
These surveys provide schools and districts with critical information about the learning and teaching environment, the health and well-being of students, and supports for parents, school staff, and students that foster learning and school success. When used together, data from these three surveys help assess the needs, concerns, and successes of the whole school community – teachers, students, and parents - and allow schools and districts to compare perceptions about the status of these areas across stakeholder groups.
In March of this year, the U.S. Department of Education released The Blueprint for Reform: The Reauthorization of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (pdf; USDOE, March 2010). This document sets forth the Obama administration’s plans for the reauthorization of the ESEA, and describes areas of focus for improving education across America that will be supported at federal, state, and local levels. A major focus of this reform is to ensure that our nation’s schools receive the support they need to invest in “new models that keep students safe, supported, and healthy both in and out of school, and that support strategies to better engage families and community members in their children’s education.” It is anticipated that schools or districts wishing to receive future ESEA funds be required to provide data from teachers, students, and parents on school climate, student health and well-being, and learning supports.
By using the Cal-SCHLS System, schools and districts can position themselves to collect the kinds of data included in the Blueprint. The System is supported by staff at three Regional Centers who offer ongoing, personalized technical assistance and training. For more information about how Cal-SCHLS can help your school or district meet the mandates of the new ESEA, call: (888) 841.7536.
The California Healthy Kids Survey is a comprehensive and customizable student self-report data collection system that provides essential and reliable data on school climate; youth resilience, health and well-being; and learning barriers and supports. Visit the Website
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"Reforming our schools to deliver a world-class education is a shared responsibility… We must foster school environments where teachers have the time to collaborate, the opportunities to lead, and the respect that all professionals deserve. We must recognize the importance of communities and families in supporting their children’s education, because a parent is a child’s first teacher. We must support families, communities, and schools working in partnership to deliver services and supports that address the full range of student needs."
President of the United States
The Blueprint for Reform: The Reauthorization of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act, USDOE, March 2010. (pdf)
News & Highlights
- New! Assessing School Climate (pdf) describes the changes made to the CHKS and CSCS that enhance their value for assessing school climate.
- Using Cal-SCHLS to Assess Social-emotional Learning and Health (pdf).The Social Emotional Health Module (SEHM) greatly enhances the value of the CHKS as a strength-based assessment of positive emotions, engagement, ability to build and maintain relationships, and other social-emotional capacities linked to not only student mental health and well-being but also academic success and career and college readiness.
- Helpful Resources for Local Control and Accountability Plans and School Safety Plans (pdf). This document describes how the CHKS — along with its companion school staff and parent surveys that together comprise the California School Climate, Health, and Learning Survey System (Cal-SCHLS) — are 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.
"This information has given the district a clear understanding of their own responsibility and prompted action, rather than reading numbers for the state or the national survey results. The CHKS greatly increases district capacity to sponsor effective programs."
Evaluator for the school health programs
Ventura County Medical Center