PA Youth Survey (PAYS)

Pennsylvania Youth Survey (PAYS) Overview

The Pennsylvania Youth Survey (PAYS) is a survey of school students in the 6th, 8th, 10th and 12th grades to learn about their behavior, attitudes and knowledge concerning mental health, alcohol, tobacco, other drugs, violence and other important areas.  PAYS is sponsored and conducted every two years by the Pennsylvania Commission on Crime and Delinquency.

The results collected by PAYS provide school and state leaders with important information concerning the changes in patterns of the use and abuse of harmful substances and behaviors.  The survey also assesses the risk and protective factors related to these behaviors and allows community leaders to target prevention resources to areas where they will have the greatest impact.

The above information is adapted from the Pennsylvania Commission on Crime and Delinquency.  To learn more about PAYS please visit their website.

Wyomissing area School District participated in the PAYS survey in 2019 and again in the Fall of 2021.  The 2019 results were used to help WASD strengthen supports in place for our students and families in our schools, in many instances through collaborative work with local agencies.

A taskforce which includes local mental health and law enforcement professionals, staff, parents and community members will be reviewing these results, evaluating current services and programs, and making recommendations to help us continue to support all Spartans.

Please use the links below to access the survey results and other information.  We will be posting updates in this area of our site as our Taskforce is formed in Summer 2021.