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Coordinated School Health Data

It is crucial to school health improvement to self-evaluate your progress. This allows each school to analyze their school quantitatively through gathered data and qualitatively through student and staff feedback. The Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) School Health Assessment site lists three helpful ways to track your progress and data along with providing information about each program and frequently asked questions.

Along with this, schools should submit data to the Arkansas School Health Services Office and especially stay current with their Arkansas Consolidated School Improvement Plan (ACSIP) which helps to provide and report beneficial information. This allows the School Health Services Office to analyze the statewide data on the health of the students in the schools and the programs being utilized to teach and improve student health.


Youth Risk Behavior Survey (YRBS)

The Youth Risk Behavior Survey (YRBS) will help Arkansas identify public school students' current health and safety habits so that improvements can be made where needed. Healthy lifestyles for Arkansas students mean longer, more productive lives for the states' young people, as well as improved learning in the classroom. These behaviors, often established during childhood and early adolescence, include:

Arkansas YRBS Results


School Health Profiles

The school health profiles assist state and local education and health agencies in monitoring and assessing characteristics of and trends in school health education; physical education; asthma management activities; school health policies related to HIV/AIDS prevention, tobacco-use prevention, violence prevention, physical activity, and nutrition; food service; and family and community involvement in school health programs. Data from Profiles can be used to improve school heath programs. Two questionnaires are used to collect data--one for school principals and one for lead health education teachers. Results from the principal and lead health education surveys represent participating selected schools, grades 6 through 12. The results are weighted and are representative of all regular secondary schools in Arkansas having at least one of grades 6 through 12. The Profiles questionnaires were developed by the Division of Adolescent and School Health (DASH), National Center for Chronic Disease Prevention and Health Promotion (NCCDPHP), Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) in collaboration with representatives of state, local, and territorial departments of health and education. 

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