National Sexuality Education Standards

 

 

Studies have long shown the significant positive outcomes yielded from school-based health programs--including increased proficiency in reading and math and overall academic success. Comprehensive sexual health education in particular has the potential to prevent sexual abuse, dating violence, and bullying; help students form healthier relationships; delay sexual initiation; reduce unplanned pregnancy and sexually transmitted diseases including HIV; and reduce sexual health disparities amongst LGBTQ+ youth. All of Health Connected's curricula for 5th -12th grade are aligned with the National Sexuality Education Standards. 

 

The goal of the National Sexuality Education Standards is to provide clear and consistent guidance on the essential minimum, core content sexuality education provided to K-12 pupils nationwide. These recommendations were developed by the Future of Sex Education (FoSE) initiative, an ongoing project comprised of leaders in the health education, sexuality education, public health, public policy, philanthropy, and advocacy fields. 

 

The National Sexuality Education Standards focus on seven topic areas for grades K-12, to provide students with the knowledge and skills needed to mature into healthy adults. These are:

 

  • Anatomy and Physiology

  • Puberty and Adolescent Development

  • Identity

  • Pregnancy and Reproduction

  • Sexually Transmitted Diseases and HIV

  • Personal Safety

  • Healthy Relationships

 

To learn more, check out the National Sexuality Education Standards  and visit the FoSE website. You can also read through FoSE's recent report Building a Foundation for Sexual Health is a K-12 Endeavor: Evidence Underpinning the National Sexuality Standards.