CAYCI SES Surveys and Technical Reports

There are four versions of the CAYCI survey available (click on a box to open the survey): 

Which surveys are right for me?  The CAYCI SES includes four surveys because we know that your school and community’s success depends on more than just what happens in the classroom.  Children and youth are asked about the school and its supports for academic learning, youth development, and overall well-being. Teachers, staff, and administrators are asked about the school environment and student body, with a particular focus on how the whole school and local community work to support student achievement.  Finally, parent/caregivers are asked not only about their children’s learning and development, but also about their own involvement in their children’s education and development.

The CAYCI SES can be customized to your needs.  Each survey contains several scales (see the table below).  You can select all or just a few scales to match the priorities of your school and community. This way, you can measure only the factors of most relevant to you locally. The surveys are in the public domain and free to use! We just ask that you email us for permission so that we can track how the tools are used and continue to improve our offerings.

How were the surveys developed?  Through pilots in Ohio and Utah, we have tested these tools to make sure they gather reliable and valid information.  In fact, the CAYCI SES is now part of the Safe Supportive Learning Environment’s compendium of tools.  Additionally, these surveys are offered in Spanish at your convenience.

The table below shows what scales are in each survey.  Click on each “X” to access the technical reports and read more about the psychometric properties of the individual scales.  Once you’re ready to start using the surveys, click here to find out how!

For surveys and assessment tools designed for sport-, recreation, and play-based programming, please visit: LiFEsports Survey Tools & Technical Reports.

Elementary School Student Middle/High School Student Teacher/
Academic & Learning Supports Click on each “X” to access the technical reports
Academic Motivation X X X
Academic Press X X X
Career and College Readiness X X X
Experiences of Teacher and School Support X
Overall Experiences of School X
Support for Learning X X
Family Engagement Click on each “X” to access the technical reports
Engagement Efficacy X
Family and Community Connections X X
Family Support for Learning X
Family Support for Pro-Social Activities X
Parent/Caregiver Support X
Parental Involvement X X
Perceived Family History X
School and Community Support Services for Parents/Caregivers X
School Support for Parent/Caregiver Engagement X
Support for Students’ Basic Needs X
School Climate & Non-Academic Conditions Click on each “X” to access the technical reports
Community Supports for Positive Youth Development X
Community Services & Supports X
Diversity X X
Externalizing Behaviors X  X X
Internalizing Behaviors X X X
Peer Relationships X X
Perceived Learning Support X
Perceived School Climate X
Safety X X X
School Connectedness X X X
School Support for Pro-Social Activities X
Student Psychological Well-being X
Student Social Skills X X X
Teacher/Staff Commitment X
Other Key Measures Click on each “X” to access the technical reports
Involvement in Activities X X X
Physical Activity & Nutrition X  X
Alcohol, Tobacco, & Drug Use X

Citation for surveys:

Anderson-Butcher, D., Amorose, A.J., Iachini, A., & Ball, A. (2013). Community and Youth Collaborative Institute School Experience Surveys. Columbus, OH: College of Social Work, The Ohio State University.