The National Report Card on students’ values, attitudes, and behavior.


Measurement and analysis is a critical aspect to understanding the growth and mindset of our youth which is why since 1992 these surveys have been conducted by the Josephson Institute of Ethics. This year, we are partnering with The Robert D. and Billie Ray Center at Drake University to conduct the survey.

This survey, called the Report Card on the Ethics of American Youth, measures their self-reported values, attitudes, and behavior. It’s a comprehensive survey consisting of more than 60 consistently asked questions which are answered by high school students across the country.

The 2012 Report Card gathered responses from over 20,000 students across the nation. Results of which showed that most young people feel that ethics and character are important on both a personal level and in business, but yet they express very cynical attitudes about whether a person can be ethical and succeed. Moreover, an alarming number of students admitted to recently lying, cheating and stealing.


 See the complete data tables for the 2012 Report Card »


Program Information

Schools taking part in the survey will receive a school or district level report to show national data alongside school or district data. The school report provides a summary of responses for all questions and can help educators effectively develop a long-term strategy to deal with critical issues and concerns. It’s also a great and relatively inexpensive way to understand school climate and engage PTAs to increase parental involvement within your school. Results for individual participating schools or school districts will not be publicized by the Josephson Institute or The Robert D. and Billie Ray Center.

This year’s survey will be conducted entirely online. Students can participate from computers, tablets or on mobile devices using the flexible survey software.

To participate, schools must follow certain administrative procedures to ensure parents are appropriately informed of student participation in the survey and provided an opportunity to opt students out of the survey. Any student in your school, grades 9 through 12, is invited to participate. School survey administrators will be guided through the process by The Robert D. and Billie Ray Center at Drake University. Full information on the process is available by contacting The Ray Center at Drake University at

You will be provided a guide to completing the survey, complete with a parent letter, instructions for administering the survey along with a survey link to be used for your school. Once all surveys from all participating schools have been collected and compiled, you will be provided a side-by-side comparison of your results versus the collective responses gathered on a grade-by-grade level.

Additionally, your school results will not be identifiably shared beyond this report unless granted permission as we respect the privacy and confidentiality of your school and the potential sensitivity that my result from this survey being made public. Personal student information is not gathered and all student responses are completely anonymous.

The survey and a report with school comparison information is free. There is no cost to the school or the student to participate in the survey.