COMMONWEALTH OF VIRGINIA

DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION

P.O. BOX 2120

RICHMOND, VIRGINIA 23218-2120

SUPTS. MEMO NO. 116

June 8, 2007

INFORMATIONAL

TO:

Division Superintendents

 

FROM:

Billy K. Cannaday, Jr.

Superintendent of Public Instruction

 

SUBJECT:

Youth Tobacco Survey

 

In the fall of 2007, Virginia Commonwealth University (VCU) will administer the Youth Tobacco Survey in randomly selected school divisions for the Virginia Tobacco Settlement Foundation. VCU conducted this survey in schools in 2003 and 2005.

 

The random survey sample, drawn by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, will include an estimated total of 2,000 students in selected middle and high schools. It is anticipated that about 100 classrooms will be surveyed.

 

Each survey requires one 45-minute class period to administer. A classroom teacher or other school personnel may administer the survey, or a survey administrator will be provided. The survey process will be coordinated by VCU.

 

Your cooperation in allowing the survey to be administered (at no cost) in your school division will be appreciated. The data obtained will serve a number of purposes.

Collecting the data will:

 

1.              Provide a comparative data set to enable trend analysis using information from prior surveys,

 

2.              Offer data to organizations for use in obtaining grant funding for prevention purposes,

 

3. Support the planning efforts of other state agencies, including the Governors Office for Substance Abuse Prevention,

 

4. Support community prevention coalitions in determining targeted risk factors and selecting appropriate science-based tobacco use prevention programs,

 

5. Assist in determining the need for technical assistance and direction for future efforts, and

 

6. Support evaluation of the effectiveness of the Commonwealths tobacco use prevention programs.

 

If a school is selected as part of the statewide random sample, school division superintendents will be contacted directly by VCU. As an added service, school divisions may choose to contract separately with VCU to expand the size of the sample to collect their own separate division-level data.

 

To request a sample of the survey, or to obtain additional information, please contact Mert Rives, Coordinator for the Virginia Youth Tobacco Survey, at (804)828-6760 or merives@vcu.edu.

 

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