School Health Education Standards
SHAPE America is a proud member of the coalition that developed the National Health Education Standards. 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.
* SHAPE America holds all rights to the National Health Education Standards, including all revisions and/or derivatives. Written permission from SHAPE America is required to use these standards in other works.
Health Education/SEL Crosswalk
The Crosswalk for the National Health Education Standards and the CASEL Social and Emotional Learning Competencies (Health Education/SEL Crosswalk) document aligns CASEL’s SEL competencies and related skills to the National Health Education Standards and Performance Indicators. This document will show how the NHES are aligned with the SEL competencies and sub-competencies developed by the Collaborative for Academic, Social, and Emotional Learning (CASEL). The Health Education/ SEL Crosswalk will also give teachers a pathway for planning a skills-based health education curriculum that aligns with social and emotional learning.