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Information on resources for health services and programs, including research and data collection on youth health behaviors.

Data Collection

California School Climate, Health, & Learning Survey System

The California School Climate, Health, and Learning Survey (Cal-SCHLS) System External link opens in new window or tab. is comprised of three interrelated surveys developed for and supported by the California Department of Education (CDE):

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. They also allow schools and districts to compare survey findings across the stakeholder groups. Survey reports are available at the district, county and statewide levels for the student survey; and at the district and state levels for the staff survey.

Youth Risk Behavior Survey

The Youth Risk Behavior Survey (YRBS) provides data on health-risk behaviors among ninth through twelfth grade students, including behaviors that contribute to injuries and violence; alcohol or other drug use; tobacco use; sexual risk behaviors; unhealthy dietary behaviors; and physical inactivity. The YRBS also measures the prevalence of obesity and asthma among youth and young adults.

Youth Risk Behavior Surveillance Survey External link opens in new window or tab.
The Center for Disease Control and Prevention's Youth Risk Behavior Surveillance System is the only surveillance system designed to monitor a wide range of priority health risk behaviors.

Survey Consent Form

Youth Risk Behavior Survey Passive Parental Permission Form (English) (DOC)
Available Translations of the Youth Risk Behavior Survey Passive Parental Permission Form
The YRBS passive permission form is distributed to parents or guardians explaining the nature of the YRBS.


YRBS Participation Funding Results (2014-15)
Funding results for one-time grants to select high schools that complete and submit their 2015 YRBS to the CDE.

Research & Reports

Getting Results: Developing Safe and Healthy Kids
This publication documents effective research-based strategies for designing and implementing alcohol, tobacco, and other drug and violence prevention programs for schools.

Narconon Drug Abuse Prevention Program Evaluation
Evaluation of the Narconon Drug Abuse Prevention Program, prepared for the CDE and the California Healthy Kids Resource Center, January 2005.

The Stuart Report External link opens in new window or tab. (PDF)
Based on data from the California Healthy Kids Survey, The Stuart Report, Ensuring That No Child is Left Behind: How Are Student Health Risk and Resilience Related to the Academic Progress of Schools underscores the importance youth development strategies in preventing high-risk behaviors among youth. According to this report, policies and practices that focus exclusively on raising test scores, while ignoring the comprehensive health and developmental needs of students, are likely to leave many children behind.


Part of CDE's information and media guide about education in the State of California. For similar information on other topics, visit the full CalEdFacts.

Questions:   Coordinated School Health and Safety Office | 916-319-0914
Last Reviewed: Tuesday, June 20, 2017