This video demonstrates the evolution and impact of the Texas School Survey of Drug and Alcohol Use. This ongoing study informs policymakers about the extent and nature of substance use among students in Texas and enables school districts to compare and interpret local findings relative to statewide figures.
Sponsored by the Texas Health and Human Services Commission (HHSC) and implemented by the Public Policy Research Institute (PPRI) at Texas A&M University, the first survey of secondary students in grades 7 through 12 was conducted in 1988. A second statewide assessment, conducted two years later, expanded data collection to include Texas elementary students in grades 4 through 6 as well. Texas elementary and secondary students have been subsequently surveyed every other year since 1990.