Texas School Survey (TSS)


The Texas School Survey of Drug and Alcohol Use (TSS) has been conducted in Texas schools since 1988. The survey covers the prevalence of substance use, consumption patterns, factors affecting youth substance use, substance use education, support networks, and students’ attitudes toward substance use. Local school district surveys are offered each year, with a statewide survey conducted every two years, aimed at helping communities understand local drug trends in their schools.

The Texas School Survey primarily addresses the following questions:

  • What types of drugs and alcohol are students using?
  • How much do they typically consume, and how often?
  • How often do students drive after using drugs or alcohol?
  • How often are drugs and alcohol used at parties?
  • Where do the students get most of their information about drugs and alcohol?
  • Who would students turn to if they needed help?

An additional 30 questions can be added to the TSS from the school or school district. These 30 questions will need to be reviewed and formatted by Texas A&M University. These additional questions may help schools discover if hallway rumors are true. Are students really buying drugs from the fast food restaurant across the street from campus? How many students are abusing drugs during an extracurricular school function?


Selected Schools

During the statewide survey conducted every other year (even years), individual schools are randomly selected for sampling. Each selected school will be contacted by Texas A&M University to participate for free. This year, the Texas Department of State Health Services is offering a $500 incentive for sampled schools to take the survey. This means that they receive all survey materials for free and are given an additional $500. We strongly encourage sampled schools to take the survey. Help Texas students by identifying what and where services are needed.

Non-Selected Schools

If your school is interested in taking the survey and has not been selected, you can still participate for a fee.

Options for District Level Reports and Custom Analyses:

  • Districts with no schools in State Sample – $100 Basic Participation fee + $1.25/student/paper-pencil or $0.50 online
  • Districts with at least 1 school in State Sample – $100 Basic Participation Fee + $0.75/student/paper-pencil or $0.25 online

How Do We Enroll in the TSS?

Complete the Online Basic Participation Form

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