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The State of Iowa reports are designed to help state-level planners identify youth development-related needs, develop relevant programs and assess the outcomes of those programs. These data can help us better understand our youth and their needs. They can help us assess the strengths and weaknesses of our schools, families and communities from the young person’s perspective. In addition, the data can help the state obtain funds for a wide variety of programs.

The scope of the youth survey differs slightly each survey year, although the basic questions remain consistent throughout. Beginning in 1999, participation was sought for all 6th, 8th and 11th graders as well as 14-18 year-old students in alternative programs in Iowa’s public schools. Starting in 2002, participation was also sought from all non-public schools in the state.

Given that schools that completed widely varying proportions of their 6th, 8th and 11th grade students could present a significant potential for biases, statistical weighting procedures were used in the state reports. Please refer to each report for a description of the weighting procedure used in that survey year.


* A correction has been made to the 2002 state report in Part IV Summary of Ever and Current Substance Use Prevalence Rates for any drug use current (page 49). Changes consist of a slight decrease (1% to 2%) from previously reported data for some of the categories. Corrected data are shown in red.

** The constructs for Parental/Guardian Boundaries and Gambling were revised by the Consortium in June 2009.