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Pennsylvania Youth Survey (PAYS) 2021

The PAYS is still being administered this fall during the 2021/22 school year.  Local Summary Reports presenting the results will be sent to the Superintendents of participating school districts and private/charter schools in April 2022.

County-Level Special Reports on the Impact of COVID-19 (new!)
This link will direct you to the county-level reports containing a variety of information to help schools, communities, and families understand how the pandemic impacted their youth. Only those counties that took part in the survey online and who had a minimum of two participating districts have a report available. Additionally, please note that this is meant to be preliminary data; there may be some slight changes in the final number report in the Full Summary Reports that will be released in May. This would be due to the addition of additional data from Districts and Other Schools in the County who took part using paper/pencil.

This year, registration for the PAYS is being conducted online to streamline the process.  Please click the link to be taken to the registration form prepared by our vendor Bach Harrison.

This year, you can view a list of school districts who are registered in real-time! As a school district registers, this list is updated! Is your school district listed?

This document contains answers to many of the frequently asked questions about this survey.

This document provides the timeline for the 2021 PAYS administration, as well as some quick facts about the survey. 

Administration Materials for 2021 PAYS

2021 PAYS Survey Coordinator Training Webinar
This training webinar has been developed to assist the Survey Coordinator at each District/School with the smooth administration of the survey.

Slides to Accompany the Survey Coordinator Training Webinar

A brief synopsis of the process for survey coordinators. 

This guide provides a brief synopsis of the process coordinators should follow when administering the survey.

An example of a passive consent letter that can be provided to parents to opt their child out of the survey

An example of a passive consent letter that can be provided to parents to opt their child out of the survey.

A form for schools to track parental requests for their child not to participate in the survey.

Instructions for how the classroom proctor should administer the survey and the text that should be read to all students before beginning the survey.

Instructions for how the classroom proctor should administer the survey and the text that should be read to all students before beginning the survey.

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