California Healthy Kids Survey (CHKS)

Screen shot 2012-04-03 at 2.36.38 PM.pngThe California Healthy Kids Survey (CHKS) is a comprehensive youth risk behavior and resilience data collection service available to all California local education agencies (it is also available outside of California). It consists of a modular survey instrument tied to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's Youth Risk Behavior Survey and to WestEd's California Student Survey, together with a full-service survey support system. Separate elementary, middle, and high school versions are currently available.

Three regional centers serve all 1,049 California local education agencies, providing comprehensive technical assistance on survey administration and use of results. The CHKS employs a set of questionnaire modules that can be configured to meet local needs in collecting student data across a comprehensive range of risk behaviors. Current modules cover:

  • positive school climate,
  • violence and school safety,
  • nutrition and physical health,
  • risk behaviors like alcohol and other drug use, and
  • youth resilience.

Since 1999, an integrated CHKS statewide representative sample has replaced both the California Student Survey and the Youth Risk Behavior Survey in California.