Federal & State Programs are a major component of district and site services. Federal and state categorical programs were created by legislatures to serve the special needs of students that are not covered by general fund education programs. Each categorical program comes with its own program intent, rules, regulations, and exemplary practices. School agencies receive varying amounts of state and federal funds depending on district characteristics, the programs they choose to operate, and the proportion of the state's students they serve.
Programs in the Oakdale Joint Unified School District consist of English Learner Programs, Gifted and Talented Education, Character Education and Prevention Programs, Title I, and Migrant Education. These special programs receive state and federal funds specifically intended to support these “categories” of programs. The Director of State & Federal Programs works with Advisory Councils in each area to conduct needs analyses, develop action plans to address those needs, and then oversee the implementation of those action plans.
California Healthy Kids Survey (CHKS)
The district is required to administer The California Healthy Kids Survey (CHKS) to students in grades 5, 7, 9, and 11 to sustain the TUPE (Tobacco Use Prevention Education) Grant received. The CHKS is a survey of resiliency, protective factors, and risk behaviors. The data collected has led to a better understanding of the relationship between students' health behaviors and academic performance, and is a critical component of school improvement efforts to help guide the development of more effective health, prevention, and youth development programs. This survey is anonymous and confidential. The students’ privacy is protected. No names will be recorded or attached to the survey. The CHKS will be administered between December 1st and 9th. Per Board Policy, active consent for participation will be enacted for students in grade 5 and passive consent will be enacted for grades 7, 9, and 11.
Core Elementary Module
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 it is also appropriate for grades 4 and 6.
The elementary survey contains many of the same or similar items as the middle school version, so that cross-survey comparisons can be made. For these items, the wording is simpler and developmentally appropriate.
Core Module (Grades 7 & Above)
The Core Module assesses student attitudes, behaviors, and experiences related to school and learning. It includes questions in four priority areas: school climate, resiliency, protective factors, and risk behaviors. CDE requires that districts administer the complete Core Module at least every other year to maintain the integrity of the longitudinal district, county, and statewide CHKS data system.