It’s once again time for the Youth Risk Behavior Survey. The Department of Public Instruction has a new system for the Youth Risk Behavior Survey, including new software and standardized survey dates and versions. The improvements should streamline the YRBS process, improve the usefulness of local data, and reduce survey burden on schools.
The survey window has been extended by one week due to inclement weather days. Schools can now take the survey up until April 5. It will not be open next year. After the current survey window, the next time the YRBS will be offered is Spring 2021. Registration will remain open until March 29, 2019.
Registration materials are available through the Conducting A YRBS website. Schools are encouraged to collaborate with local health departments, CESAs, and other local stakeholders who can help coordinate local data collection efforts.
Sample School Participation Needed
If your high school is one of the 49 needed to produce state-level statistics, please make sure that you are participating so that our state gets its 2019 results. One or two non-participating schools can make the difference between getting our data versus having to wait two more years to get Wisconsin data. Thank you to all of the sample schools who have already participated!
Remember to Save Old Reports
The old Online Youth Risk Behavior Survey (OYRBS) system will be shut down in June 2019. Schools who wish to retrieve their old YRBS data (anything prior to the 2018-19 school year) from the outgoing system can find a link to the old OYRBS system under “Reports and Results” on the Conducting a YRBS website. Schools wishing to retrieve old reports are encouraged to do so during the 2018-19 school year. After that point, the old system will be archived and more difficult to access.
For more information, visit our Conducting a YRBS website.
Subscriber Submission: Kate McCoy, Student Services, Prevention and Wellness, Department of Public Instruction