PA Youth Survey (PAYS)

Pennsylvania Youth Survey (PAYS) Overview

The Pennsylvania Youth Survey (PAYS) is a survey of school students in the 6th, 8th, 10th and 12th grades to learn about their behavior, attitudes and knowledge concerning alcohol, tobacco, other drugs and violence.  PAYS is sponsored and conducted every two years by the Pennsylvania Commission on Crime and Delinquency.

The results collected by PAYS provide school and state leaders with important information concerning the changes in patterns of the use and abuse of harmful substances and behaviors.  The survey also assesses the risk and protective factors related to these behaviors and allows community leaders to target prevention resources to areas where they will have the greatest impact.

This information adapted from the Pennsylvania Commission on Crime and Delinquency.  To learn more about PAYS please visit their website.  https://www.pccd.pa.gov/Juvenile-Justice/Pages/Pennsylvania-Youth-Survey-(PAYS).aspx

Wyomissing area School District participated in the PAYS survey  in 2019 and developed a Task Force to study the results of the survey.  Please use the links to the left and below for more information. 

The PAYS results continue to be used by Administration, in combination with other information to develop programs and supports for WASD students.