Health Education Curriculum and Instruction

 NYS  Health Education Resources

Commissioner's Regulations-CHAPTER 11 § 135.1 SUBCHAPTER G Health and Physical Education

Condom Availability Plan Resources for Schools

Guidance for HIV/AIDS Prevention Education-Provides a framework for developing health curricula and implementing instructional and assessment strategies to assist schools and school districts to provide appropriate, current and culturally sensitive information regarding HIV/AIDS and help schools be part of the solution in the prevention of HIV/AIDS for NYS youth and their families. (August 2019)

Health Education Standards


National Health Education Standards and Performance Indicators (CDC)- NHES provide a framework for teachers, administrators, and policy makers 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.

New York State

NYS Learning Standards for Health, Physical Education, and Family and Consumer Sciences 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. This document is intended for use by administrators and school health education personnel.

Memo: Modernization of Health Education Curriculum Law requiring school districts to meet the requirements of modernizing health education instruction by including heroin and opioid content within the alcohol, tobacco, and other drugs curricula.(6/2016)

Health Education Standards Modernization Supplemental Guidance Document
Instructional Resource Packet for Heroin and Opioids to assist school districts to meet the requirements of modernizing health education instruction. (6/2016)

Evaluation Tools and Publications

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.

NYS's Report Card: Health Education & Physical Education: Are We Making The Grade?-Provides and overview of current NYS youth health statistics, NYS PE and health education requirements and checklist to track and improve current school status. (2013)

Resources To Assist LEAs Choosing to Implement a Condom Availability Program (CAP)

NYSED Assessment Process for Review of a Local Education Agencies (LEAs) Condom Availability Plan (CAP) and Approval of the Plan for Training for School Personnel and/or Health Service Personnel Providing Personal Health Guidance to Students pdf icon (285 KB) (Updated 11/16/17)

State School Health Policy Matrix

The National Association of Chronic Disease Directors (NACDD), the National Association of State Boards of Education (NASBE) and American Alliance for Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance (AAHPERD) guide on competitive foods and beverages, PE and physical activity, and administration of medication in the school environment. It outlines relevant state-level policies for each of these areas, including a direct link to the policy.(2015)

Professional Organizations

ASHA (American School Health Association)-Provides leadership in Interdisciplinary collaboration, advocacy, professional development, research, and provision of resources

NYSAHPERD (NYS Association for Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance)-Professional organization which supports, advocates and promotes physically active and healthy lifestyles through school and community programs in health education, physical education, recreation and dance.

SOPHE (Society for Public Health Education)-Professional association represented by a diverse membership of nearly 4,000 health education professionals and students throughout the US and 25 international countries. Members work in elementary/secondary schools, universities, voluntary organizations, health care settings, work-sites, and local/state/federal government agencies

Page last updated 9/6/19