Healthy Youth Survey
The Healthy Youth Survey (HYS) is a statewide, collaborative effort of OSPI, the Department of Health, the State Department of Health (DOH), Health Care Authority (HCA), and the Liquor and Cannabis Board (LCB).
Results from the survey are located on the Healthy Youth Survey website.
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 is administered in the Fall of even years. In the Fall of 2018, over 235,000 students from 228 school districts in all 39 counties participated. The next survey will take place in October of 2020. The survey is administered in the classroom and takes about 50 minutes to complete.
To participate, principals must agree to the following survey administration procedures:
- Administer the survey during the allocated administration time, which is October 12-30th.
- 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 by September 24th.
- 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:
- Activities and Clubs
- Children’s Hope Scale
- Community Connectedness
- Demographics (age, gender, ethnicity)
- Drug use and abuse
- Mental Health (depression, anxiety, suicide)
- 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
- Basics of the Healthy Youth Survey
- How to Access the Healthy Youth Survey
- How to do a Q X Q Analysis on the Healthy Youth Survey
- 2018 Press Releases and Data Briefs
- Training Video and Tools
2018 Results by Topic
- 9th Grade on Track Questions
- Attendance Questions
- Career and College Readiness Questions
- High School and Beyond Planning Questions
- Language Learner Questions
- Mental Health Questions
- Physical Health Questions
- School Climate Questions
- Students with Disabilities Questions
- Substance Use Questions
- Youth Voice, Engagement, and Hope Questions
- Safe Schools FIT Toolkit
- Risks Factors and Warning Signs of Suicide
- "Gizmo's Pawesome Guide to Mental Health" (how to talk to kids about mental health)
Tobacco & Vaping
- Info on E-Cigarettes for parents, educators and health care providers
- Escape the Vape website
- Smoke free teens.gov
- Know the WA State Law
- What are the Health effects of Marijuana?
- What You Need to Know About Marijuana Use and Teens