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Texans Standing Tall
Since 2006, Texans Standing Tall has issued a variety of Report Cards on the state of youth alcohol, tobacco and other drug use and abuse in Texas and nationwide. Starting with our Annual Report Card, we have since expanded our publications to include the Higher Education Report Card and Strategic Prevention Framework State Incentive Grant Report Card.
Annual Report Card
Texans Standing Tall publishes an annual Report Card with data on youth substance abuse issues, research, and an overview of relevant activities at the State legislature. With state agencies such as the Department of State Health Services (DSHS) and Texas Alcoholic Beverage Commission (TABC) as Coalition members, we are able to provide reports with the most up-to-date, accurate data. The TST Report Card on Youth Substance Abuse has validated data on underage substance abuse problems in Texas. With the Report Card, we are able to educate the public on evidence-based solutions that can be implemented in Texas, both locally and at the State level. The Report Card is regarded as a valuable resource by decision makers, coalitions, organizations, and agencies across Texas. It is widely distributed each year, both statewide and nationally.
● 2014 - download
Texans Standing Tall’s, 2014 Report Card, is unique in the sense that it includes statewide data on youth substance use from the most recent 2014 Texas School Survey of Substance Use Among Students. In addition, the Report Card provides a description of key alcohol and tobacco trends and issues in 2014 and prevention strategies to address these issues and regulation changes that impact prevention. It also provides an overview of the 2014 Texas Legislative Interim Session and a comprehensive guide to understanding the Texas Legislature.
● 2013 - download
2013, marks the eighth year for Texans Standing Tall (TST) to create an annual Report Card. Since the first in 2006, Texans Standing Tall Report Cards have been a reliable source of data and information on youth substance use and prevention in Texas for coalitions, legislators, advocates, campuses, youth, prevention organizations, and individuals.
● 2012 - download
Texans Standing Tall's 2012 Report Card includes the latest statewide data on youth substance use and consequences, including trends of use and access, perceptions of risk, differences across genders and ethnicities, and alcohol-related arrests. This year's report card also describes evidence-based environmental prevention strategies, highlighting alcohol and tobacco taxes as effective strategies to reduce use and related harms. Lastly, the Report Card describes the Texas legislature's 2012 interim studies that pertain to substance use issues.
● 2011 - download not available
Soon to be released, the 2011 Report Card theme is Courage to Lead: Transforming Ideas Into Action and will include information on prevention, public health, and safety funding and resources; the state of Texas’ prevention budget cuts; how to engage in the decision making process, and; a blueprint of prevention strategies for Texas.
● 2010 - download
The 2010 Report Card begins with information on relatively new legal products that are marketed towards youth, such as relaxation drinks and synthetic cannabis. This is followed by an overview of statewide substance youth trends, including information on emerging trends in prescription drug abuse and tobacco use. The Report Card continues with local and state examples of proven evidence based environmental strategies to reduce youth substance abuse and create healthier and safer communities. It concludes with an overview of the 81st Legislative Session Interim Charges.
● 2009 - download
The 2009 Report Card includes information on emerging trends in the tobacco industry and new research on underage drinking. It also provides an overview of the Regional Policy Forums and of the Regional Forum evaluation process which was expanded in 2009. As always, the Report Card provides an overview of statewide youth and college-aged substance use and consequence trends with updated information and new data on prescription drug abuse and youth. It also includes information on evidence-based environmental prevention strategies and an overview of actions in the 81st Legislature related to substance abuse prevention. It concludes with highlights on two prevention success stories of population-based, environmental change.
● 2008 - download
The 2008 Report Card includes information on current research including the Surgeon General’s report, The Health Consequences of Involuntary Exposure to Tobacco Smoke, and a report from the Institute of Alcohol Studies in London on binge drinking in European countries. It also provides an overview of the Regional Policy Forums, statewide youth and college-aged substance use and consequence trends, information on how Texas compares with other states on implementation of evidence-based environmental prevention strategies for public health and safety issues, and reports on Texas Legislature Interim Studies that relate to youth substance use and safety issues. It concludes with highlights on two success stories of population-based, environmental change.
● 2007 - download
The 2007 Report Card provides an overview of: Regional Policy Forums, statewide youth and college-aged substance abuse trends, the 2007 Drug Demand Reduction Advisory Committee (DDRAC) Report, evidence-based environmental prevention strategies as they relate to the DDRAC and Institute of Medicine Reports, and proposed legislation from the 80th LegislativeSession.
● 2006 - download
The 2006 Report Card provides an overview of statewide youth substance abuse trends, the Institute of Medicine underage drinking report recommendations, and proposed legislation from the 79th Legislative Session.
The Report Cards on Higher Education: Alcohol Use, Abuse, and Prevention were developed in response to a gap in easily accessible information on Texas college student alcohol use trends and campus prevention efforts.
● 2016 - download
The 2016 Higher Education Report Card is TST’s third Report Card focused on higher education. This report analyzes and informs on campus responses to questions about campus policies, prevention efforts, and prevention success stories.
● 2011 - download
The 2011 Higher Education Report Card highlights policies and practices being implemented at Texas colleges and universities. This document includes highlights from The Texans Standing Tall Statewide Underage Drinking Prevention Survey for Colleges and Universities, which reports on the first-ever statewide survey of alcohol-related policies on Texas campuses. Additionally, the report focuses on campus compliance of the Clery Act and the Drug-Free Schools and Communities Act.
The 2010 Higher Education Report Card analyzes and informs on statewide alcohol trends among college students (including those not yet 21), campus policies and prevention efforts, and evidence-based environmental prevention strategies. This report centers on four areas, 1) a statewide overview of college student alcohol use and related problems, with particular attention given to underage alcohol use, 2) effective evidence-based environmental strategies, 3) implementation of evidence-based prevention strategies on campuses, and 4) the campus implementation of the Clery Act and the Drug-Free Schools and Communities Act.
The Strategic Prevention Framework State Incentive Grant (SPF SIG) Report Cards help document the process and provide individuals, communities, and leaders examples of successful implementation of the Strategic Prevention Framework (SPF).
The 2009 Strategic Prevention Framework State Incentive Grant Report Card focuses on the Implementation and Evaluation phases of the framework. The report will help to document the process and provide individuals, communities and leaders examples of successful implementation of the Strategic Prevention Framework. The Report Card will also demonstrate the power of using this tool to bring about community change, while highlighting local coalition stories from these two steps of the SPF so the reader can experience “hands-on” examples of the process in action.
● 2008 - download
The 2008 SPF SIG Report Card demonstrates the power of using this tool to bring about community change, while highlighting local coalition stories from each step of the SPF so the reader can experience “hands-on” examples of the process in action. The information included in this Report Card comes from review of historical and public SPF-related documents from both Texas and national resources, interviews and consultation with individuals who have been involved in the SPF process in Texas at a State and local level, and Texans Standing Tall’s experiences in the field as a provider of SPF coalition training and technical assistance as well as TST’s own experiences implementing the SPF as a statewide coalition.