The National Health Education Standards
PreK-12 were released in Spring 2007 and provide a revision of the 1995 standards. Revisions in the new standards include:
- Revised student standards – from 7 to 8 standards
- Revision of recommended grade levels for student evaluation
- Revised and expanded student performance indicators
- New chapter on student assessment
- New chapter on equity and access for all students
Standard 1: Students will comprehend concepts related to health promotion and disease prevention to enhance health.
Standard 2: Students will analyze the influence of family, peers, culture, media, technology, and other factors on health behaviors.
Standard 3: Students will demonstrate the ability to access valid information and products and services to enhance health.
Standard 4: Students will demonstrate the ability to use interpersonal communication skills to enhance health and avoid or reduce health risks.
Standard 5: Students will demonstrate the ability to use decision-making skills to enhance health.
Standard 6: Students will demonstrate the ability to use goal-setting skills to enhance health.
Standard 7: Students will demonstrate the ability to practice health-enhancing behaviors and avoid or reduce health risks.
Standard 8: Students will demonstrate the ability to advocate for personal, family, and community health.
Joint Committee on National Health Education Standards. (2007). National Health Education Standards, Second Edition: Achieving Excellence. Washington, D.C.: The American Cancer Society.
Teacher Education National Standards
SHAPE America serves as the Specialty Professional Association (SPA) to the Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP). In this capacity SHAPE America convenes teacher education experts who periodically revise the standards for the professional preparation of health education teachers.
Find information on current SHAPE America/CAEP standards here.