Nevada City School District
800 Hoover Lane
Nevada City, CA 95959
The California School Parent Survey (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, as promoted in the Blueprint for the proposed ESEA reauthorization. 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 California Healthy Kids Survey (CHKS) and California School Staff Survey (CSSS), it can be used to compare parent, student, and staff perceptions.
The California Healthy Kids Survey (CHKS) is the largest statewide survey of resiliency, protective factors, risk behaviors, and school climate in the nation. Across California, (Outside of California, click here), the CHKS has led to a better understanding of the relationship between students’ health behaviors and academic performance, and is frequently cited by state policymakers and the media as a critical component of school improvement efforts to help guide the development of more effective health, prevention, and youth development programs. It can be easily customized to meet local needs, interests, and standards, and provides a means to confidentially obtain data on student knowledge, attitudes, and perceptions about the topics it covers.The CHKS, along with its partner surveys, the California School Staff Survey and the California School Parent Survey, is highlighted as a model program in a research document released by the US Department of Education highlighting the research behind the Obama administration’s Blueprint for Reform: The Reauthorization of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (pdf).
The purpose of this survey is to obtain staff perceptiolns of student behavior and attitudes, school programs and policies, and the overall school climate as they relate to student well-beiing and learning. Your participation is voluntary. It is also very important. The information you provide will help guide district and school efforts to promote safety, enhance learning supports, improve student achievement, and reduce health risks tha stand as barriers to learning.