2019-20 School Calendar Reporting and Postponement of the 2021 Youth Risk Behavior Survey (YRBS)
The CDC recently determined that states are allowed to postpone their YRBS data collection from Spring 2021 to Fall 2021 given the extraordinary circumstances of COVID-19. DPI has therefore decided to postpone the 2021 YRBS from Spring 2021 until Fall 2021. We believe that this allows DPI to reduce the burden on schools while increasing the chances of a successful YRBS. While DPI has never been more interested in data on student wellbeing, we have evaluated the situation and determined that high quality data collection is not feasible for the 2021 academic year. We believe that the chances of securing high quality data on students’ mental, physical, social and emotional health will be improved by postponing the survey until more schools are able to reliably participate.
Youth Risk Behavior Survey
The Wisconsin Youth Risk Behavior Survey (YRBS) is conducted as part of a national effort by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to monitor health-risk behaviors of the nation's high school students. These behaviors, in turn, result in the most significant causes of both mortality and morbidity during youth and adulthood. The behaviors monitored by the Wisconsin YRBS include traffic safety; weapons and violence; suicide; tobacco use; alcohol and other drug use; sexual behavior; and diet, nutrition, and exercise.
The Department of Public Instruction (DPI) has administered the YRBS every two years beginning with 1993. The YRBS is administered to students in Wisconsin's public high schools. Survey procedures were designed to protect the privacy of students by allowing anonymous and voluntary participation. Local parent permission procedures were followed before administration, including informing parents that their child's participation was voluntary.
National Youth Risk Behavior Surveillance System. This web site includes the most recent YRBS questionnaire for surveys of 9th - 12th grade students, published reports, data files and documentation, and Youth Online, which provides interactive access to national, state, and local survey results.
Youth Online: Comprehensive Results.
YRBS Youth Online lets you:
- Examine risk behaviors in six categories: unintentional injuries and violence, tobacco use, alcohol and other drug use, sexual behaviors, dietary behaviors, and physical activity;
- Compare results from national, state, territorial, and local surveys ;
- Examine trends over time;
- Stratify by race/ethnicity, sex, or grade; and
- View results as tables or graphs.
See the Conducting A YRBS page for information on registering, taking the survey, and getting results.
Note: This page is about Wisconsin-wide statistics only. If you want to conduct your own local survey at the school, district, or county level, please use this page.
For questions about accessing or interpreting Wisconsin’s YRBS data, contact Kate McCoy (608) 266-0506.