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Registration for the 2023 Youth Risk Behavior Survey (YRBS) is Now Open

Thursday, November 17, 2022

Registration for the 2023 Youth Risk Behavior Survey (YRBS) is now open! Schools with students in any grades between 6-12 are encouraged to participate in this important data collection. The registration form and related information can be found on the Conducting A YRBS webpage, or you may use https://tinyurl.com/YRBS-Registration.

Registration will remain open until January 3. Schools can survey students anytime between January 3 and June 30, 2023. Schools are encouraged to collaborate with local health departments, CESAs, and other local stakeholders who can help coordinate local data collection efforts.

As a result of strong participation in the 2021 cycle, DPI was able to generate reports for 73 percent of all counties as well as statewide representative data. This statewide data revealed striking disparities between high-risk groups. Notably, females, students of color, LGB students, and students receiving special education services reported fewer supports and more challenges. Even so, our sample data revealed that 33 percent and 52 percent of students statewide reported significant problems with depression and anxiety, respectively. These figures were exacerbated for the high-risk groups, who also reported higher rates of suicidality.

Revealing these figures was only made possible by the efforts of school staff and administrators such as yourself to ensure a successful YRBS administration last cycle. As such, DPI is encouraging you to sign up for the upcoming 2023 data collection cycle so we can continue our work to identify the most pressing and often invisible challenges affecting our students.

Reminder: 2019 Wis. Act 118 requires districts to report seclusion and restraint data annually. The information must be shared with your school board by October 1 and reported to DPI by December 1, 2022. If your district has not yet submitted the information to DPI, please do so using the link sent to your district administrator. If your district did not receive the link, please contact Owen Tortora at owen.tortora@dpi.wi.gov or (608) 264-6715.