The Illinois State Board of Education, as the state agency with jurisdiction over all public schools in Illinois, is applying for funding with which to conduct the School Health Profiles (Profiles) survey and the Youth Risk Behavior Survey (YRBS) in a sample of middle and high schools in the state. The short-term goals of this data collection are to increase understanding of youth risk behaviors and examine the school health policies and practices of education and public health agencies. Dissemination of the survey results to not only schools and state and local public health agencies, but also to the public, students, legislators, and policy decision-makers, will allow stakeholders in the health of our youth to establish laws, policies, and practices and appropriate funding that will improve the health of our students and communities over the long term.
ISBE has conducted both the Profiles survey and YRBS for at least 18 years and has had success in obtaining weighted data for both the Profiles survey and YRBS for each of the last six consecutive survey cycles.
ISBE will institute two major changes in this grant cycle. In the past, ISBE sampled schools outside of Chicago Public Schools (CPS) District 299 jurisdiction because CPS has received separate funding for the surveys. Also in the past, ISBE limited the YRBS sample to high school students only. ISBE will conduct the sample this year among students in both middle schools and high schools in order to provide more information across the adolescent age span.
ISBE is applying for $100,000 per year for this funding cycle to allow for the expansion of the survey sample to include middle school students in the state sample and to include CPS, the third –largest school district in the country, in the state sample. This funding will allow ISBE to continue to manage the project with both internal staff and a contracted vendor with experience in student surveys and data collection.