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Healthy Youth Survey

HYS Updates and Announcements
  • The next survey will be administered in the fall of 2021.
  • The 2018 Survey results are available on the Healthy Youth Survey website.
  • Check out this ONE PAGER that explains the ins and outs of the survey.
Contact Information

Accessing your data and general questions
Emily Maughan
(360) 725-6030

HYS Administration and AskHYS.net website
Susan Richardson (Looking Glass Analytics)

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.

The next Healthy Youth Survey is now scheduled for the fall of 2021

We are happy to announce the Healthy Youth Survey will be administered in the fall of 2021. Additional details about the survey and modes of administration (ex: paper, electronic in the classroom or other settings) will be announced in the next few months. 

As you may be aware, the October 2020 Healthy Youth Survey (HYS) was postponed because the survey was only approved to be administered in-person in a school setting and a large majority of schools were delivering virtual or hybrid instruction due to COVID in fall 2020. Alternative administration options are being explored for future surveys to avoid administrative disruptions in the future. 

Updates and past results of the survey can be found on the askyh.net 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 survey for the fall of 2020 has been postponed. 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.
  • 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



Prescription Drugs & Opiates