Tuesday, April 7, 2015

State Board of Education to decide Healthy Kids Colorado Survey method

The Healthy Kids Colorado Survey (HKCS) is a voluntary, anonymous survey that provides the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment and numerous public and private partners with comprehensive information about the health and wellbeing of Colorado middle and high school students. In 2013, more than 40,000 students in 220 schools participated.

CDPHE gives Colorado school districts a choice about how to administer the survey. In the past, more than 90 percent of Colorado schools districts have chosen to administer the survey with passive consent – meaning that kids are opted-in unless their parents specifically request that they opt-out. The State Board of Education meets Wednesday to decide whether to continue the current method for the 2015 survey or require active consent, meaning parents would have to opt-in for their children to respond to the survey.

Research shows that the current method results in more participation from students and, consequently, better data. State and regional data are available to provide schools and communities with data to support effective strategies to protect the health and promote academic achievement of Colorado youth.

To learn more about the upcoming meeting, go to the State Board of Education.

To learn more about the survey, go to  

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