Highlighting new and noteworthy data from kidsdata.org
The Lucile Packard Foundation for Children's Health | April 14, 2010


Data on Alcohol, Tobacco, and Other Drug Use Now Posted
for School Districts Statewide

This week, kidsdata.org’s statewide expansion continues with the addition of the most recently available student-reported data on alcohol, tobacco, and other drug use for school districts and counties across California. These data come from the California Healthy Kids Survey (CHKS), a statewide survey of students that was developed and is administered by WestEd for the California Department of Education.

Kidsdata.org is a public service, sponsored by the Lucile Packard Foundation for Children’s Health. These newly added data, which are available by grade level, gender, and students’ feelings of connectedness to school, will be valuable for reports, presentations, proposals, advocacy work, program planning, and other efforts. Data on more topics will be phased in over the next several months.

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Key Facts

  • More than 20% of California’s 11th graders in 2006-08 said they engaged in binge drinking in the month prior to the survey.
  • Students who reported feeling more connected to their schools were least likely to use alcoholtobacco, or marijuana.
  • More than one-third of California 11th-graders in 2006-08 reported smoking marijuana at least once.

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Kidsdata.org is a free, public service sponsored by the Lucile Packard Foundation for Children's Health, which is dedicated to raising the visibility of children’s issues in California.


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