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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.

COVID-19 Impact Statement

2020 Delaware School Survey Data:

•Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the data collection for the Delaware School Survey was temporarily suspended. This suspension resulted in a gap in Delaware School Survey data for the 2020 survey year. However, due to an early administration that started in the 2019-2020 school year for the 8th grade survey, we were able to collect enough surveys in the 2019-2020 school year to report out on 8th grade data. This does allow us to explore the data, but only for that specific grade. Data on 5th and 11th grade students for the 2020 school year will not be available.

2021 Delaware School Survey Data:

•Change in administration: In response to the COVID-19 pandemic and the remote learning policies adopted by Delaware schools, the Delaware School Survey was converted to an online format in lieu of the traditional paper and pencil format. Districts and Schools could choose to participate using either the online format or paper and pencil format. The majority of the 2021 Delaware School Survey data was collected via an online survey platform Qualtrics. Both formats have the same questions and do not collect personal identifying information.

•Change in 2021 response rate: As a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, school closures, and changes in the approach to the Delaware School Survey administration, users of the 2021 Delaware School Survey data should note that response rates are lower than average.  As a result, some changes observed in trend data among the 2020 and 2021 data may be partially influenced by these external events and the change in response rate.

New in 2019! See below for slides that highlight the trends of major patterns of consumption. Please download and use the slides for your organization’s presentation and other use.

In order to access Delaware School Survey data at the school level or the school district level, please complete the DSS Data Request Form ​and send it to Jim Highberger at  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.

Important Domains of Youth Health and Wellness Measured by DSS

8th and 11th Grade Surveys

8th and 11th Grade Surveys from 2005

DSS Secondary 2022.pdfDSS Secondary 2021.pdfDSS Secondary 2020.pdf 

DSS Secondary 2019.pdfDSS Secondary 2018.pdf DSS Secondary 2017.pdf

DSS Secondary 2016.pdf DSS Secondary 2015.pdfDSS Secondary 2014.pdf

DSS Secondary 2013.pdf DSS Secondary 2012.pdfDSS Secondary 2011.pdf

DSS Secondary 2010.pdf DSS Secondary 2009.pdfDSS Secondary 2008.pdf

DSS Secondary 2007.pdf DSS Secondary 2006.pdfDSS Secondary 2005.pdf

8th and 11th Grade Surveys before 2005

DSS 11th 2004.pdf                               DSS 8th 2004.pdf

DSS 11th 2003.pdf                               DSS 8th 2003.pdf

DSS 11th 2002.pdf                               ​DSS 8th 2002.pdf

DSS 11th 2001.pdf                               DSS 8th 2001.pdf

DSS 11th 2000.pdf                               DSS 8th 2000.pdf

DSS 11th 1999.pdf                               DSS 8th 1999.pdf

1998-1995 Available​ Upon Request

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  • Center for Drug & Health Studies
  • 257 E. Main Street Suite 110
  • University of Delaware
  • Newark, DE 19716, USA
  • Phone: 302-831-6107