STUDENTS: Click here for the ANONYMOUS 2018-19 Student Health Survey for Middle School students.
PARENTS: If you wish for your student to OPT OUT of the survey, please fill out the form, which can be found here.
Information on the Georgia Department of Education's 2018 Student Health Survey
School climate refers to the quality and character of school life, and a growing body of research indicates that schools with positive school climate ratings have better test scores and higher graduation rates. The first step to improving school climate is to measure and analyze it with a school climate survey instrument.
The Georgia Department of Education (GaDOE) is a national leader in the collection and analysis of school climate data through the implementation of its annual Georgia Student Health Survey 2.0 (GSHS 2.0). The GSHS 2.0 is an anonymous, statewide survey instrument developed by many divisions within the GaDOE including the Assessment and Accountability Division and in collaboration with the Georgia Department of Public Health and Georgia State University. The GSHS 2.0 identifies safety and health issues that have a negative impact on student achievement and school climate.
The survey is offered at no cost and provides Georgia Public School districts (and private school that wish to participate) with a measurement system to satisfy all requirements under the Elementary and Secondary Education Act. The survey is also used to guide school prevention and intervention programs and for grant funding. The GSHS 2.0 for middle and high school students covers these various topics:
- School climate and safety
- School dropouts
- Alcohol and drug use
- Bullying and harassment
- Sedentary behaviors
In 2011, Georgia was the first state in the nation to include school climate as an early indicator in its academic accountability system. All Georgia public schools, grades 3-12, are required to participate in the GSHS 2.0. Again, all student survey data is ANONYMOUS and self-reported. Survey results are available at the school, district and state levels and all survey results are made public and posted on the GaDOE website.