The California School Climate Survey (CSCS) is a companion staff survey to the California Healthy Kids Survey (CHKS).
The CSCS is an online staff survey that is administered at the same schools and at the same time as the CHKS. The CSCS provides schools and communities, as well as the state, with key data on learning and teaching barriers and supports that associate with student academic achievements, staff retention, and overall school improvements. Data collected are used to inform the state on improving school climate in the California Department of Education’s (CDE) Safe and Supportive Schools project, and help the Special Education Division in teacher engagement and staff retention.
In 2010, the CDE expanded the CHKS-CSCS system by creating a companion parent version (California School Parent Survey) and packaging the three surveys into a California School Climate, Health, and Learning Survey (Cal-SCHLS) System. The Cal-SCHLS was recently highlighted by the Obama Administration as a model for the nation in its blueprint for reauthorization of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act. In California, about 900 districts, 7,000 schools, one million students, and 90,000 staff have participated in the survey every two years.
For more information on the CSCS, contact Hilva Chan, Education Programs Consultant, Coordinated School Health and Safety Office, by e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org.