• Youth Risk Behavior Surveillance

    The Youth Risk Behavior Survey (YRBS) was developed in 1990 by the CDC and has been conducted in Boston high schools since 1993. The CDC uses the YRBS to examine health risk behaviors that are linked to the leading causes of death among adolescents. The YRBS results help policy makers, school administrators, social service workers, and health personnel monitor risk behaviors of students. The YRBS results are also used in a variety of venues to develop policy; to plan and improve youth-based health programs; to determine existing health needs in order to develop effective intervention programs; to provide the most recent and updated information for grant submissions; and to improve the development of classroom lessons geared towards reducing health risk behaviors among adolescents.

    High School Youth Risk Behavior Findings

     

    Middle School Youth Risk Behavior Findings

     

    How can I access YRBS data?

    Please visit the Centers for Disease Control’s website here for access to the YRBS online app for all national, state, and local YRBS data, including Boston high school and middle school YRBS data. Please visit here for more information about the YRBS.

    For organizations looking to conduct in-depth analysis of YRBS data, please review our YRBS data request documents: YRBS Survey Data Request Info, YRBS Data Request Form.

    BPS District Wellness Policy Annual Report

    This report details the results for the metrics for each policy area of the [District Wellness Policy], highlights key findings and successes, and presents action steps planned or underway to support Wellness Policy implementation. It is submitted to the Superintendent of Schools and School Committee by the District Wellness Council (DWC) per the annual report requirement of the Massachusetts Standards for School Wellness Councils and to the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE) as a part of the reporting requirement for the DESE audit of the Food and Nutrition Services Department.

    Wellness Policy Annual Reports

     

    School Health Profiles

    The School Health Profiles (Profiles) is a system of surveys supported by the CDC that assess school health policies and practices in states, large urban school districts, and territories. Profiles surveys are conducted biennially at BPS among elementary, middle and high school principals, physical education teachers, and lead health education teachers. Profiles monitors the current status of

    • School health education requirements and content
    • Physical education and physical activity
    • Practices related to bullying and sexual harassment
    • School health policies related to tobacco-use prevention and nutrition
    • School-based health services
    • Family engagement and community involvement
    • School health coordination

    In SY17-18, Principals will be receiving individual school reports based on Profiles data from SY15-16. For data from SY13-14, please click here.

    FitnessGram

    The FitnessGram® test battery assesses health-related fitness components: aerobic capacity, body composition, and muscular strength, endurance, and flexibility. Activity assessments are included for step or minute challenges, physical activity behaviors, and overall activity levels to provide teachers with a variety of ways to promote physical activity to students.

    Data from FitnessGram can be found in the Annual Report. If you are a PE Teacher and need access to FitnessGram please contact Jessica Greene at jgreene5@bostonpublicschools.org.

    BPS Research Department Sponsor Requests

    In order to conduct research in Boston Public Schools (BPS), researchers are required to have a district sponsor for their research work. A district sponsor would be someone from an appropriate central office department who is invested in the research and can take action on the findings. For a complete overview of the requirements to conduct research in BPS, please visit the Office of Data & Accountability website.

    If you would like the Health & Wellness Department (HWD) to be your district sponsor please complete and submit an executive summary of your research that contains all of the information listed here.