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California School Parent Survey

The California School Parent Survey (CSPS) assesses the perceptions of parents related to school climate, parent outreach, and student achievement in comparison to staff and student perspectives.

About the California Parent Survey

The California Parent Survey (CSPS) is a companion tool to the California Healthy Kids Survey (CHKS) for students and the California School Climate Survey (CSCS) for staff. Together, they form the California School Climate, Health, and Learning Survey (Cal-SCHLS) System External link opens in new window or tab. , a comprehensive set of integrated surveys designed to provide schools with valuable data for school improvements.

The CSPS is designed to provide teachers, administrators, and other school staff with information directly from parents that can be used to foster positive learning and teaching environments, parent involvement, and student achievement, health, and well-being. The act of asking parents to provide their perceptions of the school is in itself an empowering parent-involvement activity. The survey can also be an effective tool in seeking solutions to help close the racial/ethnic achievement gap. Because this short, 34-item survey parallels much of the content of the CHKS and CSCS, it can be used to compare parent, student, and staff perceptions.

The CSPS can be administered online or on paper, or both, and is available in different languages. Schools can also customize it and add their own questions.

California School Parent Survey (English) External link opens in new window or tab. (PDF; Updated Oct-2014)
Available Translations of the California School Parent Survey
The CSPS is a companion parent survey to the California Healthy Kids Survey for students and the California School Climate Survey for staff.

Technical Assistance for School Districts

The CDE contracts with WestEd to assist districts in administering the CSPS. WestEd provides training and technical assistance to districts through three regional survey centers, a toll-free phone line at 1-888-841-7536, free online training, and the CSPS External link opens in new window or tab. Web site.

To get more information or to sign up for CSPS, contact your Regional Survey Center at 1-888-841-7536 or visit CSPS External link opens in new window or tab. for more information.

Questions: Hilva Chan | hchan@cde.ca.gov | 916-319-0194 
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