November 16, 2006
SURVEYS GO ON-LINE
Our parent and faculty/staff surveys are now available in web-based versions.
Student surveys will go on line later this school year.
The original pencil and paper versions will remain available. More>>
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.
How do you use your Pride Survey? Let us know.
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:
of Safe and Drug Free Schools Prevention News Bulletin
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