Healthy Youth Survey Benchmark

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The healthy youth survey is a statewide, collaborative effort between the Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction (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.  

Both surveys provide information that allows schools to identify conditions that impact student learning and the overall student culture and climate.  

The schools in the Tacoma Public Schools District have adopted positive behavior strategies to increase positive relationships within the school and classroom settings, to develop a healthy, safe, engaged, and supported culture and climate.  School climate is the learning environment created through the interaction of human relationships, physical setting and positive atmosphere.  

By creating a strong positive climate, school-wide and in the classroom, student office referrals, suspensions, expulsions and disruptive classroom behaviors decrease while academic performance and student engagement and social emotional learning increases.  

“A positive school climate benefits students, teachers, and staff.  Teachers are motivated to teach, while students are motivated to learn” says Director of Community Partnership, Academic Equity and Achievement, Amanda Scott-Thomas.

 Open View Benchmark

Unders​​tanding the data

The Healthy Youth Survey is conducted every other year and the data is provided to school districts from OSPI.

Because a school year includes two calendar years, such as 2014-2015, the school year on the benchmark chart is identified by the second calendar year. For example, the 2014-2015 school year is identified as 2015 on the chart.​​

Logic

  • The percentage of student responding to each question or statement as scored by OSPI​​

Data retrieval schedule

The data is received from OSPI every other year and uploaded to the data warehouse.

Input from

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