November 16, 2006

Our Guide for Data-Driven Schools


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Substance Use and Academic Achievement Go Hand in Hand

After the mid-term elections, Republicans and Democrats pointed to the reauthorization of No Child Left Behind as common ground on which they could work in bi-partisanship. Title IV of No Child Left Behind establishes the Safe and Drug Free Schools and Communities program.

It is important that those who will guide the reauthorization of No Child Left Behind consider the adverse impact that adolescent substance use poses for academic achievement.

Data from the Pride Surveys National Summary reveals that monthly marijuana use by students who rarely make good grades stands at 38 percent. Conversely, monthly marijuana use by students who frequently make good grades registers just 7 percent.

A similar disparity is found in monthly alcohol use – 49 % for poorly performing students compared with 18% for academically achieving students.

Students who fare poorly in the classroom are also disproportionately represented in the subgroups of students reporting other negative behaviors, such as truancy, disciplinary problems, gang membership and bullying – activities that can disrupt the learning environment for others.

CADCA Offers White Paper on Link Between Substance Use and Violence

In a related matter, CADCA (Community Anti-Drug Coalitions of America) has developed a tool you can use when presenting the case for continuing the Safe and Drug Free Schools and Communities program. The short one-page document, detailing the link between alcohol, drug use and violence, provides data from the Pride Surveys National Summary and other sources. This document, The Inextricable Link: The Relationship Between Alcohol, Drug Use and Violence Among Students, can be downloaded at CADCA's web-site.

Grants for Secondary Analysis of Alcohol Data

The National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA) is offering grants for non-profits and others to conduct secondary analyses of existing alcohol epidemiology data. The application deadline is Feb. 2.

Pride Surveys is interested in assisting this effort by making our database available to grantees who wish to apply under the Small Research Grant (R03) funding mechanism. If you are interested in mining our archival data, please contact Doug Hall, senior vice-president. Examine the full grant announcement online.

Customer Comment
“Low cost, fast turn around time and an extremely useful report…what more can a prevention coalition ask of a survey? The Pride Surveys Risk and Protective Factor Survey has provided us a ‘road map’ and given our rural community the data that has helped us identify our needs and priorities, as well as assist us in tracking our progress.”

Chris Henderson
Chair, Enough Is Enough, Bear Lake Communities That Care Coalition
Montpelier, Idaho, City Council Member

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Stay Abreast of Prevention News

Pride Surveys tries to keep you informed of news that can affect your prevention programs. There are other excellent sources of information that we recommend as well. Here are just a few:

Office of Safe and Drug Free Schools Prevention News Bulletin
Office of National Drug Control Policy Community Prevention Listserv
Community Anti-Drug Coalitions of America Coalitions Online
Join Together
University of Maryland Center for Substance Abuse Research
U. S. Department of Justice, Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention
NCADI Update Listserve
The National Center on Addiction and Substance Abuse

If you would like us to mention your listserve in an upcoming edition of the Pride Surveys newsletter, please drop us a line.