Promoting Healthy Communities in Washington County
Washington County Results of the
Minnesota Student Survey
Sleep for Good
Teen Health Fund
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The Minnesota Student Survey is administered every three years to 6th, 9th,
and 12th grade students in the regular public elementary and secondary
schools, charter schools, tribal schools, alternative learning centers
and youth in juvenile correctional
facilities. In 2007, 6,703 students
from Washington County and more
than 142,000 students from the
state took the survey. The survey
asks students questions about their
activities, opinions, behaviors and
experiences. It includes questions on
an array of issues - substance abuse
(tobacco, alcohol and illegal drugs),
school climate, violence and safety concerns, healthy eating, out-of-school
activities, connections with school and family, and many other topics. At
the senior high level, questions are also asked about gambling and sexual
Overall, Washington County results of the Minnesota Student Survey
mirror trends seen throughout the state in 2007. The following is a brief
• Schools are perceived as safe.
• Alcohol/drug problems within the family show slight improvements.
• Family connectedness was expressed by most students.
• Smoking showed a continued strong downward trend and rates are at
the lowest ever reported in the history of the MN Student Survey.
• Driving after using alcohol or drugs has seen a steady decrease over
• Seat Belt use has increased by one third since 1998 and county rates
are higher than the state.
• Physical activity increased for all grades, however, less than half
reported getting regular physical activity.
• Suicidal thoughts and attempts have decreased dramatically for all
grades. The rate for 9th grade girls dropped by half from 2004 to