The Pennsylvania Youth Survey (PAYS) is a biennial survey of youth in grades 6th, 8th, 10th and 12th. PAYS asks questions about students’ perspectives of their school environment, as well as attitudes, knowledge and behaviors concerning alcohol, tobacco, other drugs, violence, depression, and other problem behaviors. The survey also collects information about risk factors which are the conditions that increase the likelihood that a child will develop problem behaviors later in life, and it also collects information about protective factors – people or conditions in a community that can buffer a youth from risk.
The PAYS survey will be administered at both the Middle and High School on November 18, 2019 during Social Studies classes for students in grades 8, 10 and 12. A permission/informational letter on the PAYS survey went home with report cards. Please see the FAQ for additional information.
The Pennsylvania Department of Education also has information for parents:
Any questions, please contact the Assistant Superintendent, Patricia Kardambikis Ph.D. at 724-794-2960 ext. 1002 or via email firstname.lastname@example.org.