Health Education Curriculum | Instruction

NYSED Resources

The list below provides guidance, information, and resources for school health instruction as required by education law and Commissioner's regulations.
Links on this page connect to the NYSED Curriculum and Instruction Health Education Webpage.

Health Education Standards, Requirements, and Evaluation Tools

Guidance Document to Achieving New York State Learning Standards in Health
This guidance document provides local educational agencies with a framework for developing health curricula and implementing instructional and assessment strategies. (Updated 4/25/14) 

Health Education Curriculum Analysis Tool (HECAT)
CDC tool to help districts, schools, and others conduct an analysis of health education curricula based on the National Health Education Standards and the CDC's Characteristics of an Effective Health Education Curriculum. Results can be used to improve the delivery of health education. 

National Health Education Standards and Performance Indicators (CDC)
Provides a framework for teachers, administrators, and policymakers in designing or selecting curricula, allocating instructional resources, and assessing student achievement and progress. Importantly, the standards provide students, families, and communities with concrete expectations for health education. 

National Health Education Standards 3rd Edition - National Consensus for School Health Education 
The standards are intended to guide the development of health education curricula, instruction, and assessment for preK–12 students.    

NYS Learning Standards for Physical Education, Health and Family Consumer Science

NYS School Health Education Requirements Summary 
This document summarizes health education laws, regulations, and required health education curriculum along with the instructional staff (by grade level) responsible for teaching health content. (NYSCSH 4/29/21) 

Incidental Teaching-80-5.3
A superintendent of schools may assign a teacher to teach a subject not covered by such a teacher's certificate or license for a period not to exceed five classroom hours a week, and due to the COVID-19 crisis during the 2020-2021 school year for a period not to exceed ten classroom hours a week, when no certified or qualified teacher is available after extensive and documented recruitment and provided that approval of the commissioner is obtained. 

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Page Updated 11/30/23