2008 School Health Profile

The School Health Profiles assist states and local education and health agencies in monitoring and assessing characteristics of school health education; physical education; school health policies related to HIV infection/AIDS, tobacco-use prevention, and nutrition; asthma management activities; and family and community involvement in school health programs. Data from Profiles can be used to improve school health programs.

Two questionnaires are used to collect data — one for school principals and one for lead health education teachers. The two questionnaires were mailed to 400 regular secondary public schools containing any of grades 6 through 12 in Tennessee during the spring of 2008. Usable questionnaires were received from 87% of principals and from 85% of teachers. Because the response rates for these surveys were ≥ 70%, the results are weighted and are representative of all regular public secondary schools in Tennessee having at least one of grades 6 through 12. Results from the principal and lead health education surveys are presented for the following types of schools in Tennessee:

  • High schools with a low grade of 9 or higher and a high grade of 10 or higher;
  • Middle schools with a high grade of 9 or lower;
  • Junior/senior high schools with a low grade of 8 or less and a high grade of 10 or higher; and
  • All schools.

The Profiles questionnaires were developed by the Division of Adolescent and School Health, National Center for Chronic Disease Prevention and Health Promotion, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in collaboration with representatives of state, local, and territorial departments of health and education.

Rationale for Questions Asked in Survey

Principal Results

Sample Description

All regular secondary public schools having at least one of grades 6 through 12 were included in the sampling frame. Schools were sorted by estimated enrollment in the target grades within school level (senior high schools, middle schools, and junior/senior high schools combined) before sampling. Systematic equal probability sampling with a random start was used to select schools for the survey. Four out of 400 sampled schools were ineligible. The principal or his/her designee was surveyed in each participating school.

Response Rate

87% - 345 out of 396 sampled eligible principals returned questionnaires. All questionnaires were usable after data editing.

Weighting

A weight has been associated with each questionnaire to reflect the likelihood of a principal being selected, to reduce bias by compensating for differing patterns of nonresponse, and to improve precision by making school sample distributions conform to known population distributions.  The weight used for estimation is given by:

W = W1 * f1 * f2

W1 = inverse of the probability of school selection.

f1 = a nonresponse adjustment factor calculated by school size (large, medium, or small) and school level (senior high school, middle school, or junior/senior high school combined).

f2 = a poststratification adjustment factor calculated by school level (senior high school, middle school, or junior/senior high school combined).

Use of the Results

The weighted results can be used to describe school health policies and practices of all regular secondary public schools in Tennessee having at least one of grades 6 through 12.

Charted Results

Formatted Results

File Format Definitions

Data

Teacher Results

Sample Description

All regular secondary public schools having at least one of grades 6 through 12 were included in the sampling frame. Schools were sorted by estimated enrollment in the target grades within school level (senior high schools, middle schools, and junior/senior high schools combined) before sampling. Systematic equal probability sampling with a random start was used to select schools for the survey. Four out of 400 sampled schools were ineligible. The lead health education teacher was surveyed in each participating school.

Response Rate

85% - 336 out of 396 sampled eligible lead health education teachers returned questionnaires. All questionnaires were usable after data editing.

Weighting

A weight has been associated with each questionnaire to reflect the likelihood of a lead health education teacher being selected, to reduce bias by compensating for differing patterns of nonresponse, and to improve precision by making school sample distributions conform to known population distributions.  The weight used for estimation is given by:

W = W1 * f1 * f2

W1 = inverse of the probability of school selection.

f1 = a nonresponse adjustment factor calculated by school size (large, medium, or small) and school level (senior high school, middle school, or junior/senior high school combined).

f2 = a poststratification adjustment factor calculated by school level (senior high school, middle school, or junior/senior high school combined).

Use of the Results

The weighted results can be used to describe school health policies and practices of all regular secondary public schools in Tennessee having at least one of grades 6 through 12.

School-Level Impact Measures (SLIMs)

File Format Definitions

Profiles/Crosswalk

Report

Data: .dat .xls

Last Update: July 21, 2014