Standards for Health Education
Standards-based health education helps ensure curricula and instruction are designed to establish, promote, and support health-enhancing behaviors for students in all grade levels – emphasizing planned, sequential learning from pre-kindergarten through grade 12. Health education standards outline what students should know and be able to do by the end of specified grades, serving as a valuable tool for schools in selecting, designing, or revising curricula.1
Multiple professional organizations working in health education have recent or current efforts to update standards for health education. Efforts to develop updated standards are underway (https://www.shapeamerica.org/pressroom/2021/shape-america-announces-task-force-to-revise-national-health-education-standards.aspx), and one recently updated set of standards is available here. CDC will be reviewing its tools and resources for schools to determine if updates to CDC materials are needed to reflect any recent or upcoming changes to standards-based health education.
Although learning standards provide a framework for health education, teachers, administrators, and policymakers, should also take into account the characteristics of an effective health education curriculum.
- Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Health Education Curriculum Analysis Tool, 2021, Atlanta, GA: CDC; 2021. https://www.cdc.gov/healthyyouth/hecat/pdf/2021/full-hecat-2021.pdf [PDF – 19.2 MB]