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School Health Policies and Practices Study (SHPPS)

School Health Policies and Practices Study logoThe 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.