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​2014 Delaware School Survey Infographic

The Delaware School Survey is an annual survey of 5th, 8th, and 11th grade public school students in Delaware.  The surveys are administered at the public schools in Delaware. This study is the continuation of a survey that was first administered to Delaware students in Spring, 1989. Since 2004, the Delaware School Survey has been jointly sponsored by the Delaware Legislature through the Delaware Health Fund and by support from the Division of Substance Abuse and Mental Health through federal Prevention Block Grant funding. The objectives of the Delaware School Survey are: A) To provide estimates of students' Alcohol, Tobacco and Other Drug Abuse (ATODA) attitudes as well as the incidence and prevalence of substance use for National Outcomes Measures (NOMS) reporting and other reports provided to federal agencies; B) To provide estimates of student ATODA incidence, prevalence, abuse, and dependence for state assessment, planning, and funding purposes; C) To provide ongoing trend data; and D) To provide information for other state and local planning and assessment purposes – particularly to individual schools and districts.

In order to access Delaware School Survey data at the school level or the school district level, please complete the DSS Data Request Form 2015.docx​and send it to Sharon Merriman-Nai at smnai@udel.edu.  Please note that the form must be signed by the school principal or district superintendent and must state exactly what data are requested (what year) and to whom the data should be released.  The form can be signed and submitted electronically if it is sent from the principal's or superintendent's official email address. 

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