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Iowa Youth Survey- 2023/2024

Iowa Youth Survey (2023-24)

September 27, 2023


Dear Parent/Legal Guardian:

This fall in your school district and in other districts around the state, 6th, 8th, and 11th graders

will take the 2023 Iowa Youth Survey. For decades, Iowa superintendents, teachers and parents

have supported participation in the Iowa Youth Survey. Hundreds of thousands of Iowa youth

have shared information about their health-related experiences over the years.


The survey will be conducted September 25 through November 3, 2023. The survey is optional.

Students are asked about many topics on the survey, such as: nutrition, exercise and sleep

habits; mental health; use of alcohol, tobacco and other drugs; bullying, harassment and social

violence; activities,  volunteering, and school and adult support. There are no questions

about sexual behavior and the sixth-grade version of the survey complies with state laws about

age-appropriate content. The survey will take one class period or around 40 minutes to



Iowa Department of Health and Human Services collects the responses from the survey to

analyze the data so we can make decisions, seek funding, and set policy focused on improving

the lives of Iowa’s students. We may also share responses with partners that support our

efforts in this work. Student responses are confidential. Names, birthdates and student

numbers are not collected.


Participating in this survey will cause little or no risk to your student. The only potential risk is

that some students might find certain questions to be uncomfortable to answer. Students can

skip questions they do not want to answer or stop the survey at any time. Students who choose

not to do the survey will do another activity during the survey class period. There is no penalty

for anyone who decides not to participate.


If you have questions about the survey, please contact your school principal or superintendent,

or send an email to iowayouthsurvey@idph.iowa.gov. A copy of the Iowa Youth Survey will be

available at the school office and/or District Office and is also posted online at the Iowa Youth

Health Assessment Program page at https://hhs.iowa.gov/php/Iowa-Youth-Health-Assessment-



If you do not want your student to take the survey, you do not need to do anything. Only

students who have parent permission will participate. Permission needs to be received by

the school system no later than October 20, 2023.