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Pennsylvania Youth Survey (PAYS) 2019

The PAYS will next be administered during the fall of 2019.  Local Summary Reports presenting the results will be sent to the Superintendents of participating school districts and private/charter schools in April 2020.

For additional information, contact Geoff Kolchin of the Pennsylvania Commission on Crime and Delinquency at (717) 265-8483 or gkolchin@pa.gov.

PAYS Participation – This is a listing of the schools and districts that participated in the 2019 PAYS. 

Special Report Order Form - If you'd like to order a special summary report, such as one with multiple school districts, please click this link for more information.

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2019 PAYS Results

PAYS County Reports - This is where all the county-level PAYS Summary Reports can be found. A county report containing aggregate is prepared for every county that had a minimum of two school districts participate. 

2019 PAYS Statewide Report – AVAILABLE IN JUNE 2020

Overview of the 2019 PAYS State Results – AVAILABLE IN JUNE 2020

Using Your PAYS Data

PAYS User Guide and Worksheet – This guide and accompanying worksheets can help you understand what your youth are saying and how to use that information to take action.

​Information about the Pennsylvania Youth Survey

PAYS FAQ – This document contains answers to many of the frequently asked questions about the survey.

PAYS Factsheet – This document provides the timeline for the 2019 PAYS administration, as well as some quick facts about the survey.

To request a copy of the questions included on the 2019 PAYS, click here and they will be emailed to you.

2019 Administrative Materials

Registration Form – This is the form to register your district/school to participate in the 2019 PAYS.  It is to be signed and sent to our PAYS vendor, Bach Harrison.

Administration Materials for Survey Coordinators

PAYS Timeline for Survey Coordinators – This document provides guidance on the steps your district's/school's survey coordinator should take to prepare for the administration of the survey in the fall of 2019.

Survey Coordinator Quick Reference Guide (Paper) – This guide provides a brief synopsis of the process coordinators should follow when administering the survey via paper and pencil.

Survey Coordinator Quick Reference Guide (Online) – This guide provides a brief synopsis of the process coordinators should follow when administering the survey online.

Survey Coordinator Training Instructions (Paper) – This document provides detailed instructions for the survey coordinator to follow to ensure a successful administration of the survey via paper and pencil.

Survey Coordinator Training Instructions (Online) – This document provides detailed instructions for the survey coordinator to follow to ensure a successful administration of the survey online.

Passive Parental Consent Letter (English Version) – This is an example of a passive consent letter that can be provided to parents to inform them about the survey and instruct them how to opt their child out of participating, if they so choose.

Passive Parental Consent Letter (Spanish Version) – This is an example of a passive consent letter in Spanish that can be provided to parents to inform them about the survey and instruct them how to opt their child out of participating, if they so choose.

Passive Consent Tracking Form – This form is to be used to track those students whose parent returned the form informing the district/school that they do not wish their child to participate in the survey.

Introductory Letter for Proctors – This letter is to be sent by the survey coordinator to all the individuals who will be responsible for proctoring the survey in the classroom/computer lab on the day of administration

Administration Materials for Classroom Proctors

Proctor Script/Instructions (Paper) – This document contains the instructions for how a proctor should administer the survey in the classroom and the text that should be read to all students before beginning the survey using paper and pencil.

Proctor Script/Instructions (Online) – This document contains the instructions for how a proctor should administer the survey in the classroom and the text that should be read to all students before beginning the survey using online resources.