Iowa Area Education Agencies (AEAs) are regional service agencies, which provide school improvement services for students, families, teachers, administrators and their communities. This includes planning and programming in the areas of safe, healthy, and caring learning environments. At the time of the administration of the 2008 Iowa Youth Survey, there were 10 AEAs.
The AEA reports are designed to help planners identify youth development-related needs, develop relevant programs, and assess the outcomes of those programs. These data can help you better understand the young people residing in your area and their needs. They can also help you assess the strengths and weaknesses of the schools, families, and communities in your area from the student’s perspective.
Given that 11th graders are much more likely to be substance abusers than either 6th or 8th graders, any significant discrepancy between the proportion of 11th grade students and the other grades who took part in the youth surveys would produce a distorted total estimate for that service area (i.e., a larger proportion of 11th graders and a smaller proportion of 6th and 8th graders would produce an artificially high total substance use estimate in that service area). To reduce this bias, statistical weighting procedures were used. Please refer to each report for a description of the weighting procedure used in that survey year.