National Health Education Standards

SHAPE America’s National Health Education Standards define what a student should know and be able to do as result of a highly effective health education program. States and local school districts across the country use the National Health Education Standards to develop or revise existing standards, frameworks and curricula.

The new National Health Education Standards — released in March 2024 after a multi-year revision process — provide a comprehensive framework for educators to deliver high-quality instruction and make a positive difference in the health and well-being of every student.

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There are a number of things that excite me about the revised National Health Education Standards, but one that comes to mind is the updated language. It encompasses some of the concerns and issues to consider when teaching health education. I believe the new standards include a holistic approach looking at factors and influences on health, as well as calling attention to understanding the relationships and interrelationships this may have on the outcome of health and wellness.
Kaulana Molina, M. Ed. Member, National Physical Education Standards Task Force Health Education Practitioner (Hawai’i)

Meet the National Health Education Standards Task Force and learn more about the standards revision process.

The AFT applauds SHAPE America for understanding that educators today need a culture of collaboration, proper teaching and learning conditions, and real voice and agency. Inclusive task forces worked deliberately and thoughtfully to develop the updated National Health Education Standards and National Physical Education Standards through admirably open and iterative engagement. As a result, the new standards reflect educators’ commitment to real solutions for children’s well-being.
Randi Weingarten President, American Federation of Teachers
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2024 Educator Kit Now Available!

Are you ready to dive into SHAPE America’s National Health Education Standards? This Educator Kit includes the National Health Education Standards, Rationale and Performance Indicators … and much more!

Learn what has changed in the new standards and get additional resources you can share with administrators, colleagues, parents, and the community!

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SHAPE America's National Physical Education Standards define what a student should know and be able to do as result of a highly effective physical education program.

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