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School Health Policies and Practices Study (SHPPS)

School Health Policies and Practices Study

The School Health Policies and Practices Study* (SHPPS) is a national survey periodically conducted to assess school health policies and practices at the state, district, school, and classroom levels.

SHPPS was designed to answer the following questions:

  • What are the characteristics of each component of school health at the state and district level?
  • Are there persons responsible for coordinating each school health program component, and what are their qualifications and educational backgrounds?
  • What collaboration occurs among staff from each school health program component and with staff from outside agencies and organizations?
  • How have key policies and practices changed over time?

The most recent results available are from state- and district-level data collected during 2012. In 2014, SHPPS collected school- and classroom-level data using 9 questionnaires. Results from SHPPS 2014 will be available in the summer of 2015.

*Formerly known as the School Health Policies and Programs Study.

SHPPS in Brief – Background information on SHPPS, including purpose and study components

Summary of Surveillance Activities

Results & Fact Sheets


2012 Overview [pdf 377K]

Trends over Time: 2000-2012 [pdf 497K]

Results from the School Health Policies and Practices Study 2012
Full Report of the 2012 SHPPS [pdf 2.5M]

SHPPS 2012 cover

Encouraging Trends in School Health Policies infographic [pdf 323K]

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National Fact Sheets by Component


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