As the State Education Agency (SEA) for the District of Columbia (DC or District), the Office of the State Superintendent of Education (OSSE) sets statewide policies, provides resources and support, and exercises accountability for all public education in the District. The District of Columbia Youth Risk Behavior Survey (YRBS) continues to be an integral tool for government and community stakeholders who educate, protect, and support District of Columbia youth. Since 2007, OSSE has collected, analyzed, and disseminated data on adolescent health risk behaviors, including sexual risk behaviors, using the YRBS. OSSE demonstrates its commitment to high quality, actionable YRBS data in three ways:
• Funding: OSSE has committed additional funding to support the YRBS data collection and reporting via non-lapsing local funds.
• Rich Data Analysis: OSSE is able to collect a uniquely-rich census level dataset that is analyzed across multiple subgroups to produce a biennial District YRBS report that goes above and beyond most other states in terms of depth and breadth of analysis.
• Local Education Agency (LEA) and School-level data sharing: OSSE shares both LEA- and school-level YRBS data directly with LEA leadership to support better-informed decision making, curriculum planning, and risk prevention within District schools.
OSSE also collaborates with the District Department of Health, District Department of Behavioral Health, institutions of higher education, policy makers, community based organizations, and other key partners to effectively utilize the YRBS for research and analysis, programming development, resource allocation, and policy formulation. Additionally, OSSE will work closely with the District of Columbia Public Schools (DCPS) to effectively utilize YRBS data for their successful execution of Component 2, for which DCPS is applying.
The outcomes OSSE expects to achieve through the Component 1 YRBS administration include:
• To increase the understanding of youth risk behaviors in the District of Columbia; and
• To increase state-level implementation of evidence-based policies related to school-based HIV/STD prevention.
The OSSE Division of Health and Wellness will be responsible for the performance of Component 1 YRBS program activities, including achieving the period of performance outcomes. The OSSE Division of Health and Wellness has developed necessary strategies and activities, evaluation and performance measurement plan, and work plan for the successful execution of Component 1 YRBS activities. Throughout the five-year project period, OSSE will remain prepared and committed to cooperate with any CDC request for evaluation and performance measurement, necessary data, reporting, and similar requirements to demonstrate compliance with the Component 1 and commitment to the success of the project.