Health Education Curriculum Analysis Tool (HECAT)
The Health Education Curriculum Analysis Tool (HECAT) is an assessment tool developed by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in partnership with heath education experts from state and local education agencies, schools, colleges and universities, and national organizations.
Health education is a fundamental part of an overall school health program; it provides youth with the knowledge and skills they need to become successful learners and healthy adults.
- Guidance on using the HECAT to review curricula and using the results to make health education curriculum decisions
- Customizable templates for recording important descriptive curriculum information for state or local use in the curriculum review process
- Tools to analyze preliminary curriculum considerations, such as accuracy, acceptability, feasibility, and affordability
- Tools to analyze curriculum fundamentals, such as learning objectives, curriculum design, culturally responsive and inclusive characteristics, and instructional strategies and materials
- Specific concept and skills analyses by health topic
- Guidance on using the HECAT for developing a health education scope and sequence
- Guidance on using HECAT Online for conducting curricula analysis and developing a health education scope and sequence
Using technology to evaluate health education curricula is important in the digital age. Use these instructional fact sheets to understand the basics about using HECAT Online and how to select, develop or customize appropriate health education curricula to meet the health needs of students.
Download the HECAT: 2021 Edition*
To help education professionals understand how they can use the HECAT to analyze and improve health education curricula and programs, CDC developed this tool and related materials. These resources can help schools select or develop appropriate and effective health education curricula and improve the delivery of health education. The HECAT can be customized to meet local community needs and conform to the curriculum requirements of the state or local school district.
- HECAT Cover pdf icon[PDF – 519 KB]
- Table of Contents and Acknowledgements pdf icon[PDF – 105 KB]
- Overview pdf icon[PDF – 187 KB]
- Chapter 1: General Instructions pdf icon[PDF – 176 KB]
- Chapter 2: General Curriculum Information pdf icon[PDF – 189 KB]
- Chapter 3: Overall Summary Forms pdf icon[PDF – 133 KB]
- Chapter 4: Preliminary Curriculum Considerations pdf icon[PDF – 368 KB]
- Chapter 5: Curriculum Fundamentals pdf icon[PDF – 212 KB]
- Chapter 6: Overview of Modules pdf icon[PDF – 80 KB]
- Print version: Alcohol and Other Drugs pdf icon[PDF – 1 MB]
- Print version: Food and Nutrition pdf icon[PDF – 1 MB]
- Print version: Mental and Emotional Health pdf icon[PDF – 1 MB]
- Print version: Personal Health and Wellness pdf icon[PDF – 1 MB]
- Print version: Physical Activity pdf icon[PDF – 1 MB]
- Print version: Safety pdf icon[PDF – 1 MB]
- Print version: Sexual Health pdf icon[PDF – 1 MB]
- Print version: Tobacco pdf icon[PDF – 1 MB]
- Print version: Violence Prevention pdf icon[PDF – 1 MB]
- Print Version: Comprehensive Health Education pdf icon[PDF – 7 MB]
- Appendix 1: HECAT Contributors pdf icon[PDF – 80 KB]
- Appendix 2: Using the HECAT for the Review of Health Education Resource Materials pdf icon[PDF – 67 KB]
- Appendix 3: HECAT Healthy Behavior Outcomes for Grades Pre-K–12 pdf icon[PDF – 51 KB]
- Appendix 4: HECAT Skill Expectations for Skill Standards 2-8 pdf icon[PDF – 124 KB]
- Appendix 5: Using the HECAT to Develop a Scope and Sequence for Health Education pdf icon[PDF – 188 KB]
- Appendix 6: Using the HECAT to Analyze Curricula for Early Care and Education Programs pdf icon[PDF – 92 KB]
- Appendix 7: Understanding Health Education Assessment pdf icon[PDF – 87 KB]
- Appendix 8: Health Education Improvement Plan Template pdf icon[PDF – 56 KB]
- Glossary pdf icon[PDF – 92 KB]
The HECAT provides a structured and systematic process to improve curriculum selection and development, and is designed for use by:
- Curriculum committees or educators in school districts, schools, or community-based organizations that work with schools.
- State or local education agency staff.
- Other curriculum developers.
- Faculty and students in institutions of higher education teacher preparation programs.
Choosing or developing the best possible curriculum is an important step towards ensuring quality health education.
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