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Missouri Student Survey

The Missouri Student Survey (MSS) is conducted in even-numbered years to track risk behaviors of students in grades 6-12 attending public schools in Missouri. Participation in the survey is completely optional. The survey includes questions on alcohol, tobacco, and drug use and other behaviors that endanger health and safety. The first MSS was conducted in 2000 by the Research Triangle Institute. Since 2004, the survey has been conducted jointly by the Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education and the Missouri Department of Mental Health, Division of Behavioral Health (DBH), formerly the Divisions of Alcohol and Drug Abuse and Comprehensive Psychiatric Services. The Missouri Institute of Mental Health analyzes the survey data and summarizes the results in the MSS reports.



  • LCR3 uses results to assist with planning for prevention and intervention programs. Prevention and intervention programs may qualify for Lincoln County Resource Board (LCRB) grants based on survey results. 

  • All responses are anonymous. 

  • School districts are asked to complete this survey by the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE) for the Department of Mental Health (DMH). The results of this survey are used to assist the school district in the evaluation and planning of its comprehensive prevention and intervention programing. 

  • This survey is voluntary. If students choose to participate, they may skip any question or choose not to complete the survey. If parents/guardians would like to opt their child out of the survey, they may email their child’s school counselor. School counselor contact information can be found on the School Counseling page.