CDC Classroom Climate Scale

The 18-item Classroom Climate Scale measures three components of students' or teachers' perceptions of their classroom climate: student-student relationships, student-teacher relationships, and awareness/reporting. Respondents are asked to indicate the extent to which they agree or disagree with a series of declarative statements.


6th Grade,
7th Grade,
8th Grade

Administration Information

18 items

Access and Use



Use in Research

Wilkinson-Lee et al. (2011). Adolescent emotional distress: The role of family obligations and school connectedness. Journal of Youth Adolescence, 40:221-230.


Psychometric References

Dahlbert, L. L., Toal, S. B., Swahn, M., & Behrens, C. B. (2005). Measuring violence-related attitudes, behaviors, and influences among youths: A compendium of assessment tools (2nd ed.). Atlanta, GA: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, National Center for Injury Prevention and Control.

Vessels, G. (1998). Character and community development: A school planning and teacher training handbook. Westport, CT: Praeger. 

Psychometric Considerations

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