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Healthy Youth Survey

The Healthy Youth Survey (HYS) is a statewide, collaborative effort of OSPI, the Department of Health, the Department of Social and Health Service's Division of Behavioral and Health and Recovery, Family Policy Council, Department of Commerce, and Liquor Control Board.

The survey is conducted every two years. About 200,000 students from over 1,000 schools across the state completed the survey in October 2014. Results are located on

What it measures
The survey measures health risk behaviors that contribute to morbidity, mortality, and social problems among youth in Washington state. These behaviors include alcohol, tobacco, and other drug use, behaviors that result in unintentional and intentional injuries (e.g., violence), dietary behaviors, physical activity, and related risk and protective factors.

How it informs
The survey results are an important source of needs-assessment data for school districts, community-based organizations, local health and human service 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. HYS results 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. Schools in Washington state with students in grades 6, 8, 10, and/or 12 are eligible to participate. The survey takes only one class period to administer and student participation is completely voluntary and anonymous. Participation is free.

How you can participate
Please check back here in the future for information on registering for the 2016 Healthy Youth Survey.

If participating, principals must agree to follow the survey administration procedures:

  • Administer the survey during the administration week (typically in October).
  • Send out an informational survey brochure to parents provided in the materials sent to schools prior to the survey administration.
  • Post information about the survey on the school website.
  • Inform students of the survey.
  • Place a copy of the survey in the school office for parent review.
  • Provide 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.

Download recruitment materials such as answers to frequently asked questions, an overview of each type of behavior covered by the survey and a statement of rationale for the inclusion of these items, details about using the survey data, and regional recruitment contacts.

Questions about accessing your data and general questions about HYS
Krissy Johnson (OSPI)
(360) 725-6045 or

Questions about HYS Administration and website
Susan Richardson (Looking Glass Analytics)


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HYS Updates and Announcements

The next Healthy Youth Survey will be administered in the fall of 2016. Registration will open in January 2016.

Ask HYS includes Fact Sheets, an interactive data query system called Q x Q Analysis, and a report archive.

Healthy Youth Survey

   Updated 9/11/2015

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