The CDC surveys below provide data on health education and services provided by schools and health practices which youth engage in. Together the data offers opportunties for those working in schools to support both academic success and improved health outcomes for youth. The Center administers both surveys for the CDC on behalf of the NYS Education Department in opposite years. YRBS Suvey collection ended in June 2017 and SHP Survey collection for selected schools will begin in Fall 2017.
Links Between Health and Academics-Why SHP and YRBS Data Matters to Schools
Data from the 2015 National Youth Risk Behavior Survey (YRBS) show that students with higher grades are less likely than their peers with lower grades to participate in certain risk behaviors.
Compared to students with lower grades, students with higher grades are less likely to be currently sexually active, drink alcohol before the age of 13, have ever used marijuan, be involved in a physical fight, be currently use electronic vapor products. They are more likely to engage in physical activity for at least 60 minutes per day on at least 5 days
Addressing risk behaviors in school settings provides an opportunity for improving student health and supporting overarching school goals regarding academic outcomes.
The NYS YRBS provides schools and communities with data showing the linkages between health and academics. This data can show the need for funding, training, prevention programs, and raise awareness of health issues. To view data, infographics and resources showing these links in detail click here.
CDC School Health Profile (SHP) Information and Resources
The School Health Profiles (Profiles) assess school health policies and practices in states, urban school districts, territories, and tribal governments. It is conducted every 2 years. Middle and high school principal and the lead health education teachers complete a self-administered questionnaire at each sampled school. Data from individual schools is kept confidential.
To view the NYS SHP page with information for schools click here.
CDC Youth Risk Behavior Survey (YRBS) Information and Resources
The Youth Risk Behavior Surveillance System (YRBSS) also called the YRBS, is a nationwide survey which monitors students' health risks and behaviors related to weight and diet, physical activity, injury and violence, tobacco use, alcohol and other drug use, and sexual behaviors. It also monitors the prevalence of obesity and asthma. It is conducted every two years for students in grades 9–12. Data from individual students and schools is kept confidential.
To view the NYS YRBS page with information for schools, parents and guardians click here.