Healthy Youth Surveys
The Washington State Healthy Youth Survey will be administered in Fall 2023 to students in grades 6, 8, 10, and 12 during the month of October. Look for information from your student’s school on the specific date of the survey.
The Healthy Youth Survey (HYS) is a collaborative effort of the Health Care Authority - Division of Behavioral Health and Recovery (DBHR), the Department of Health (DOH), the Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction (OSPI), the Liquor and Cannabis Board (LCB), and the contractor, Looking Glass Analytics. This survey is administered every other year to 6th-12th grade students across the state.
The Healthy Youth Survey measures health risk behaviors that contribute to illness, death, and social problems among youth in Washington State. The survey includes questions related to physical activity and diet, unintentional and intentional injury, substance use, sexual behaviors, abuse, risk and protective factors, and access to school-based services. Survey questions from previous years are available here.
Survey results are used by schools, communities, and state agencies to plan programs to support our youth and reduce their risks. They are an important source of needs-assessment data for school districts, community-based organizations, local health and human services agencies, and state agencies. The results are used to monitor the health status of adolescents and track progress on state and federal education and health-related goals.
Participation in the survey is voluntary and the students’ answers are anonymous. There are no codes or information used to match a survey to a student. Students are permitted to skip questions and may stop taking the test at any point. If you do not want your student to participate in the survey, you may excuse them by calling your student's school office. Students can excuse themselves by telling their teacher that they do not want to take the survey. There is no penalty for not taking the survey, and your student's grades will not be affected.
To help students grow up in healthy surroundings, we need to know more about the strengths and challenges in our communities and its programs for young people.
For more information about the survey, please read the Parent and Student Information Letter (linked in multiple languages below) or visit the Healthy Youth Survey website.
For additional information about Healthy Youth Survey at your school, contact your school office.
To see previous years' results for schools in Edmonds School District please look in the menu at left.