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Guidelines for implementing the content standards adopted by the California State Board of Education that are developed by the Instructional Quality Commission.

2019 Revision of the Health Education Framework

The CDE, Instructional Quality Commission (IQC), and State Board of Education (SBE) are currently in the process of revising the 2019 Health Education Curriculum Framework for California Public Schools, Transitional Kindergarten Through Grade Twelve (Health Education Framework), which is scheduled for adoption by the SBE in May 2019.

The Health Education Framework is aligned to the 2008 California Health Education Content Standards, which support the development of knowledge, skills and attitudes in eight overarching standards: (1) essential health concepts; (2) analyzing health influences; (3) accessing valid health information; (4) interpersonal communication; (5) decision making; (6) goal setting; (7) practicing health-enhancing behaviors; and (8) health promotion in six content areas of health education: nutrition and physical activity; growth, development, and sexual health; injury prevention and safety; alcohol, tobacco, and other drugs; mental, emotional, and social health; and personal and community health in the 2008 Health Education Content Standards, which can be downloaded from the Curriculum Frameworks and Instructional Resources Division Content Standards web page.

The adoption of the California Healthy Youth Act 2016 (California Education Code [EC] sections 51930—51939) requires school districts to ensure that all students in grades seven through twelve, inclusive, receive comprehensive sexual health education and HIV prevention education.

  • Elementary School: It is permissible to teach knowledge and skills related to comprehensive sexual health and HIV prevention education in grades kindergarten through grade six (K—6), inclusive. All instruction and materials in grades K–6 must meet the instructional criteria or baseline requirements in EC Section 51933. Content that is required in grades 7–12 may be also be included in an age-appropriate way in earlier grades. (EC sections 51933, 51934[b].)

For information on the California Healthy Youth Act, please visit the CDE Comprehensive Sexual Health & HIV/AIDS Instruction web page or the California Legislative Information web page External link opens in new window or tab..

Public Comment for the Revised DRAFT 2019 Health Education Framework

The first 60-day public comment and review period took place from April 2018 through June 2018, and the second 60-day public comment and review period is scheduled to take place from November 1, 2018, through January 11, 2019. The public review and comment period is an opportunity for any interested individuals or organizations to provide comments and suggested edits on the draft Health Education Framework to the IQC. Comments and suggestions received from the public will inform the IQC’s actions during its March 22–23, 2019, meeting. The IQC will consider recommending the revised draft Health Education Framework to the SBE for adoption in May 2019 during the March meeting.

On September 21, 2018, the IQC took action to approve over 200 edits submitted during the first 60-day public comment and review period. These changes are reflected in the revised draft Health Education Framework.

Revised Draft Health Education Framework

The IQC and SBE welcome your review and comments on the revised draft Health Education Framework.

Curriculum Framework and Evaluation Criteria Committee (CFCC)

CFCC Meeting Agendas and Notices

The public meeting notices/agendas provide details on each of the focus group meetings. All CFCC meetings were open to the public, and there were opportunities for public comment at each meeting. Audio recordings of each of the CFCC meetings are available upon request by emailing healtheducationframework@cde.ca.gov or calling 916-319-0450.

CFCC Members

On March 9, 2017, the State Board of Education appointed 20 members to the CFCC to assist in the revision of the Health Education Framework. The work of the CFCC guided the writing of the draft Health Education Framework.

Focus Groups

The CDE convened four focus group meetings in November 2016 to provide input on the revision of the Health Education Framework. The meetings were open to the public, and there was an opportunity for public comment at each meeting. The report of findings from these four focus group meetings informed the work of the CFCC.

Additional Resources

Questions:   Curriculum Frameworks and Instructional Resources Division | healtheducationframework@cde.ca.gov | 916-319-0881
Last Reviewed: Thursday, November 1, 2018
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