2013 Pennsylvania Youth Survey (PAYS)

Important Resources

There are many wonderful changes to the Pennsylvania Youth Survey (PAYS) in 2013, and we are excited to announce that through a partnership between Pennsylvania’s Department of Education (PDE), Drug and Alcohol Programs (DDAP), and the PA Commission on Crime and Delinquency (PCCD), the 2013 PAYS will be offered AT NO COST to all public, private, and charter schools throughout the Commonwealth including all costs related to:

  • Survey administration for both written and online surveying efforts
  • Report development including local summary reports at both the school district and county levels
  • All Pennsylvania Superintendents have received a letter signed by each partner agency that provides updated information about the 2013 survey. Additionally, the letter encourages school officials to utilize existing relationships with coalitions and organizations that previously provided assistance in administering the PAYS.

If you are a community organization or coalition that has previously assisted with PAYS administration, we encourage you to take the following steps:

  • Contact the school superintendents to make plans for administering the PAYS in the Fall of 2013
  • Follow up w/ school superintendents to ensure they have submitted the 2013 PAYS Agreement Form to Bach Harrison

Changes, Improvements, Updates

  • Bach Harrison has been selected as the new vendor to administer the survey. They will be contractually required to deliver the Local Summary Reports no later than April 30, 2014.
  • Survey administration window is open from September 16 – November 27, 2013.
  • A Spanish language version will be available upon request.
  • PCCD will prepare informational “one-pagers” to help schools and communities understand the value of their PAYS data and how to use it.
  • Changes to the survey include additional items on:
    • school climate and safety;
    • youth experience of loss of family members (due to death, deployment, or incarceration);
    • suicidal ideation;
    • use of synthetic drugs; and
    • items that enable compliance with Federal Drug Free Communities (DFC) reporting.

Be sure to check back often as new information and tools are being added frequently!