Healthy Youth Survey

2016 Healthy Youth Survey coming in October


Our schools will participate in the 2016 Healthy Youth Survey during the week of October 10-14. Students in grades 6, 8, 10, and 12 all across Washington state take the survey every other year. 


This survey provides important information that can be used to guide policy and programs for adolescents in Washington. The Healthy Youth Survey measures health behaviors and related risk and protective factors and includes questions on topics such as violence, alcohol, tobacco and other drug use that can result in injury and/or impede positive development among youth. The survey does not include questions about sexual behavior or sex education.


While student participation is encouraged, it is voluntary. The survey procedure is designed to protect students’ confidentiality (no names, addresses, etc. are collected). A copy of the survey is available for your review in the school office, and additional information is available here. If you have any other questions about the survey, please call Sandy Mathewson, Battle Ground Public Schools' Director of Social-Emotional Learning, at 885-5456.


The survey will be administered during one class period during the week of October 10–14, 2016. Letters were recently sent out to all parents of students who are in grade levels that will be participating in the survey. If you do not want your child to participate in the survey, please complete the bottom section of this letter and return it to your son/daughter’s teacher or the school office by October 3, 2016. 


The Healthy Youth Survey is a collaborative effort of several state agencies: the Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction (OSPI), the Department of Health (DOH), the Department of Social and Health Service’s Division of Behavioral Health and Recovery (DBHR), and the Washington State Liquor Control Board (LCB). The survey is conducted under a state contract with RMC Research Corporation.