California Healthy Kids Survey
What is it?
The California Healthy Kids Survey (CHKS) is the largest statewide survey of resiliency, protective factors, risk behaviors, and school climate in the nation. Across California, the CHKS has led to a better understanding of the relationship between students’ health behaviors and academic performance, and is frequently cited by state policymakers and the media as a critical component of school improvement efforts to help guide the development of more effective health, prevention, and youth development programs. It can be easily customized to meet local needs, interests, and standards, and provides a means to confidentially obtain data on student knowledge, attitudes, and perceptions about the topics it covers.
Why are we surveying our students?
We want to use our personalized results to better make and meet our goals within our school's Local Control and Accountability Plan (LCAP) so that we can better educate our students academically, personally, and socially.
What does it measure?
The CHKS measures school climate. School climate includes-
- High Expectations and Caring Relationships
- Opportunities for Meaningful Participation
- Perceived School Safety
- School Connectedness
- Violence Perpetration
- Violence Victimization
- Harassment and Bullying
- Substance Use at School
Who Takes the Test?
3rd-8th grade students. 3rd-6th grade students are required to turn in a signed permission slip by March 8th (can be found below). 7th through 8th grades students do not have a permission slip, but if a guardian does not want them to participate they need to contact the school and opt-out.
When are they taking it?
The survey is administered every other year. The next testing date will be in March 2021.
What is on the survey?
If you are interested in what the survey is asking your child, please see the attached surveys.