COMMONWEALTH of VIRGINIA
Department of Education
June 5, 2009
TO: Division Superintendents
FROM: Patricia I. Wright, Superintendent of Public Instruction
In the fall of 2009, 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, 2005, and 2007.
The random survey sample, drawn by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, will include an estimated total of 2,000 students in the selected middle and high schools. We anticipate 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 because the data obtained will serve a number of purposes.
Collecting the data will:
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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