California Healthy Kids Survey (CHKS)
about the project
The California Healthy Kids Survey (CHKS) is a comprehensive, youth risk behavior and resilience data collection service available to all California local education agencies, and is funded by the California Department of Education. This service is also available to states outside California.
The CHKS consists of a modular survey instrument tied to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's Youth Risk Behavior Survey, WestEd's California Student Survey, and a full-service survey support system.
Every school district in California is required to conduct the survey in order to comply with the No Child Left Behind Act, Title IV. The CHKS provides local schools and communities with data to identify the needs of youth (grades 5 and above) and to guide efforts to meet those needs.
CHKS's modular structure enables the survey to be configured and customized to address local concerns and interests. Separate elementary, middle, and high school versions are currently available, and three regional centers provide comprehensive technical assistance on survey administration and use of results.
The most comprehensive survey of its kind in the nation, CHKS addresses:
- alcohol, tobacco, and other drug use
- school safety, harassment, and violence
- nutrition and physical health
- sexual behavior and attitudes (secondary school only)
- suicide and gang involvement (secondary school only)
- youth resilience and developmental supports
- school-connectedness, truancy, and self-reported grades
The CHKS website has additional information on the California Healthy Kids Survey.
InstrumentsTwo versions of the California Healthy Kids Survey (CHKS) are available; one for grades 4-6 (elementary), the other for grades 7 and above (secondary). The secondary CHKS employs a set of questionnaire modules that can be configured to meet local needs in collecting student data across a comprehensive range of behaviors.
The single (non-modular) Elementary School Survey is built around CHKS Core and Resilience & Youth Development items. It is intended for use in grade 5, but is also appropriate for grades 4 and 6.
Grades 7 and Above
For grades 7 and above, the CHKS is available in two forms: one for use in grades 7-8 (Middle School Version), and one for use in grades 9-12 (High School Version). Both versions consist of a set of modules, as follows:
- Core — Required in CA
- Resilience and Youth Development Module (RYDM)
- Alcohol and Other Drug (AOD) Use, Violence, and Suicide
- Tobacco Use
- Physical Health
- Sexual Behavior
- Custom Questions
- District After-School Module
- Gang Risk Assessment
- Service Learning
- Achievement Gap (assessment of factors related to meeting the needs of diverse underperforming populations)