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Healthy Youth Survey

HYS Updates and Announcements
Contact Information

Accessing your data and general questions
Emily Maughan
(360) 725-6030
Emily.Maughan@k12.wa.us

HYS Administration and AskHYS.net website
Susan Richardson (Looking Glass Analytics)
susan.richardson@lgan.com

The link to the Classroom Instructional Video for 2021 HYS will go live Oct. 1, 2021!

The Healthy Youth Survey (HYS) is a statewide, collaborative effort of OSPI, the State Department of Health (DOH), Health Care Authority (HCA), and the Liquor and Cannabis Board (LCB). The survey asks students their thoughts, feelings, and behaviors pertaining to a variety of health and safety topics, including school climate and community safety, anxiety and depression, substance use and abuse, and healthy eating habits and physical activity. Results from the survey are located on the Healthy Youth Survey website.

2021 Healthy Youth Survey

The next Healthy Youth Survey will be 100% electronic and administered October 11-29, 2021!

To register, log into Ask HYS and select “Registration” from the 2021 HYS drop down menu.

  • If you registered your school(s) for HYS 2020, you can quickly re-register your school. Log into ASK HYS and select “Registration” from the 2021 HYS drop down menu and update your information. 
  • If you need an AskHYS login, contact your district data security manager to add “Ask HYS” to your OSPI EDS permissions.
  • If you have questions or concerns about administering the E-survey please email the HYS Admin.

Frequently Asked Questions

Students in 6th, 8th, 10th and 12th grade take the survey. In smaller districts, where there are 150 students or less in a grade, the survey can be administered to students in 7th, 9th and 11th grades. To participate, schools need to have at least 15 students in a grade.

The survey takes about 50 minutes to complete and should be completed during a class period.

To participate, principals must agree to the following survey administration procedures:

  • Administer the survey during the allocated administration time.
  • Notify parents and students about the survey using the approved survey notification letter and methods. Schools must also verify that they followed the proper notification.
  • Offer an alternative activity for those students that choose not to participate in the survey.

**Correctional facilities are not eligible to participate based on Human Research Review rules.

The survey covers a wide variety of topics, including:

  • Abuse
  • Attendance
  • Activities and Clubs
  • Alcohol
  • Asthma
  • Bullying/Harassment
  • Children’s Hope Scale
  • Community Connectedness
  • Demographics (age, gender, ethnicity)
  • Drug use and abuse
  • Gambling
  • Gangs
  • Honesty
  • Marijuana
  • Mental Health (depression, anxiety, suicide)
  • Nutrition
  • Physical Activity
  • Safety-Related Behaviors/Violence
  • School Climate
  • School Support
  • Screen Time (including video games)
  • Sexual Health
  • Sexual Orientation
  • Support from Friends, Family & Adults
  • Texting and Driving
  • Vaping/Electronic Cigarettes

Survey questions are primarily derived from 4 established surveys that have been used throughout the United States.

  • Communities that Care: Social Development Research Group, University of Washington
  • Monitoring the Future: Institute of Social Research, University of Michigan
  • Youth Risk and Behavior Surveillance System: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)
  • Global Youth Tobacco Survey: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)

Data from the survey can help raise awareness of youth thoughts, feelings and behaviors and provide insight on current health trends and concerns.

The results can help schools make evidence-based decisions that lead not only to positive academic outcomes but also provides information that allows schools to identify conditions that impact student learning and the overall school climate.

The data can also be used by schools and communities to apply for grants, and inform programming and planning.

Healthy Youth Survey Resources

2018 Results by Topic

Other Resources

Mental Health

Tobacco & Vaping

Marijuana

Alcohol

Prescription Drugs & Opiates