The Texas School Survey of Drug and Alcohol Use is a research-based drug and alcohol student survey facilitated by the Public Policy Research Institute (PPRI) at Texas A&M University, in conjunction with the Texas Department of State Health Services (DSHS). Originally implemented in 1988 as a component of a larger survey assessing substance use among the state’s general population, the Texas School Survey has since become an ongoing, independent project. District surveys are offered every year with a statewide survey conducted every two years. Leander ISD has been conducting the survey as part of the statewide survey every two years since 1998 (except in 2014 when Texas A&M University only chose two Leander ISD middle schools to participate in the statewide data collection.) The fifteenth statewide survey of drug and alcohol use among Texas public school students was conducted in the spring of 2016. A random sampling of Leander ISD students in grades seven through twelve at all of our secondary campuses completed the survey online in May 2016. When the results are tabulated and the data released by Texas A&M University in late 2016, it will provide follow-up data reflecting changes over the past twenty-eight years in grades seven through twelve. Leander ISD utilizes the data to evaluate and improve our Chemical Abuse Prevention Program as well as stay abreast of current statewide drug trends.
The Texas School Survey project has two primary objectives. First, it serves to inform state and local policy-makers about the extent and nature of youth substance use in Texas public schools. Second, the statewide survey provides a standard of comparison for districts conducting local assessments of drug and alcohol use as the data helps identify priorities for prevention and intervention strategies. Student participation in the survey is completely voluntary and strictly anonymous.
Texas A&M University’s PPRI uses a passive consent process for participation. Parents of the randomly selected students are notified of participation and given the option to opt out of participation. A sample opt out form is located on this website.
If you would like further information, please contact Mary Ann Kluga, RN, MPS, LCDC, Chemical Abuse Prevention Program (CAPP) Coordinator at firstname.lastname@example.org or 512.570.0315.