• National Standards and Implementation Tools
  • Sex Education Research and References
  • Professional Learning Standards for Sex Education from the Sex Education Collaborative
  • National Teacher Preparation Standards and Tools
  • Tools and Resources
  • Organizing Partners
  • Contact



Laws and Policies Currently Promoted by “Parents Rights” Groups: Countering Parents’ Rights Frames

Hundreds of new laws are censoring what teachers can talk about, banning sex ed, stopping teachers from teaching empathy, and putting LGBTQ+ youth in danger. Those pushing this agenda call it “parents’ rights.” But it is a strategy funded by far-right activists at the national level to gain political power. Learn More

The National Sexuality Education Standards, 2nd Edition

Clear, consistent and straightforward guidance on the essential minimum, core content for sexuality education that is developmentally and age-appropriate for students in grades K–12. Learn More

The NSES in Brief: The Truth about Sex Education: What’s Actually Taught and When

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Future of Sex Ed Research Agenda: A Call to Action

Developed from the Future of Sex Education Research convening to advance a conversation on improving and expanding data collection, evaluation, and research efforts to understand the broader individual, community, and social benefits of comprehensive sex education in the U.S. Download PDF

Three Decades of Research: The Case for Comprehensive Sex Education

Eva S. Goldfarb, Ph.D. and Lisa D. Lieberman, Ph.D. examined studies from over three decades of research on sex education and found “evidence for the effectiveness of approaches that address a broad definition of sexual health and take positive, affirming, inclusive approaches to human sexuality.” Learn More

National Standards and Implementation Tools

The National Sex Education Standards (NSES) outline the foundational knowledge and skills students need to navigate sexual development and grow into sexually healthy adults.

National Sex Education Standards (NSES)

Tool to Assess Curriculum Alignment with the National Sex Education Standards (Second Edition)
Glossary for the National Sex Education Standards (Second Edition)

Sex Education Research and References

As they grow up, young people face important decisions about relationships, sexuality, and sexual behavior. It is not enough for programs to include discussions of abstinence and contraception to help young people avoid unintended pregnancy or disease. Comprehensive sexual health education must do more. It must provide young people with honest, age-appropriate information and skills necessary to help them take personal responsibility for their health and overall well being.

Building a Foundation for Sexual Health Is a K–12 Endeavor: Evidence Underpinning the National Sexuality Education Standards
Comprehensive Sex Education and Academic Success
Sex Education Definitions and Select Programs
Glossary of Sex Education Terms
Glossary of Education Terms
School-Based Sex Education in the U.S. at a Cross-roads: Taking the Right Path

Professional Learning Standards for Sex Education from the Sex Education Collaborative

The Professional Learning Standards for Sex Education (PLSSE) are designed to help improve educators’ ability to effectively address sexuality in the classroom. Created by the Sex Education Collaborative (SEC), the PLSSE dovetail with the NSES and were developed to provide guidance to school administrators and classroom educators about the content, skills, and professional disposition needed to implement sex education effectively.

Professional Learning Standards for Sex Education
Professional Learning Standards for Sex Education Assessment Tool
Professional Learning Standards for Sex Education Factsheet

National Teacher Preparation Standards and Tools

In the United States, sexuality education is most commonly taught within the health education curriculum at the middle and high school levels. The Teacher Preparation Standards will better prepare undergraduate pre-service students in providing high-quality comprehensive sexuality education that is developmentally, culturally, and age appropriate.

National Teacher Preparation Standards
Professional Preparation Program Curriculum Mapping Tool for Implementation of the National Teacher Preparation Standards for Sexuality Education- 1st Edition
Assessment of the Application of the National Teacher Preparation Standards for Sexuality Education in a Professional Preparation Program- 1st Edition
Performance Assessment Tool for Teacher Candidates Teaching Sexuality Education, for use with Middle School and High School Levels
Supplement: Professional Disposition Assessment Tool
Classroom Teacher and Non-Classroom Personnel Observation Form for Sexuality Education Instruction

Tools and Resources

Additional information for use in the classroom or for those working to change sex education in their communities.

A Parent’s Guide to Understanding Sex Education in Your School
Addressing Sexual Health in Schools: Policy Considerations
School Health Education Primer
Public Education Primer
Sex Education State Profiles
Sexuality Education Policies by State
Theoretical Frameworks and Models Commonly Used in Sexuality Education Programs and Curricula: A Summary
Envisioning the Future of Sex Education
Sexual Health Education: Research and Results

Sexual Health Education: Research and Results

Organizing Partners

Advocates for Youth: Advocates for Youth partners with youth leaders, adult allies, and youth-serving organizations to advocate for policies and champion programs that recognize young people’s rights to honest sexual health information; accessible, confidential, and affordable sexual health services; and the resources and opportunities necessary to create sexual health equity for all youth.For more information about Advocates for Youth, visit www.advocatesforyouth.org


Answer: Founded in 1981 as the New Jersey Network for Family Life Education, Answer provides and promotes comprehensive sexuality education for young people and the adults who teach them. From its inception, Answer has provided high-quality training to educators and health professionals to ensure they are prepared to provide the information young people need and deserve to make healthy decisions. In 1994, Answer also began using the power of peer-to-peer communication in the publication of its award-winning, teen-written Sex, Etc. magazine and website, which allows teens to directly access accurate and developmentally appropriate sexuality information. To learn more about Answer visit http://answer.rutgers.edu.


SIECUS: Sex Ed for Social Change (SIECUS): Since 1964, SIECUS has asserted that sexuality is a fundamental part of being human, one worthy of dignity and respect. Through policy, advocacy, education, and strategic communications efforts, SIECUS advances sex education as a vehicle for social change—working toward a world where all people can access and enjoy sexual and reproductive freedom as they define it for themselves. For more information about SIECUS, visit www.siecus.org.

For media inquiries please contact:

Advocates for Youth
phone: 202-419-3420
email: Emily Bridges, emily@advocatesforyouth.org

phone: 848-445-7929
email: Tazmine Weisgerber, tw567@gsapp.rutgers.edu

phone: 202-265-2405
email: Michelle Slaybaugh, mslaybaugh@siecus.org

For all other inquiries, please contact:

Jennifer Heitel, MPH, is the Managing Director to the Future of Sex Education initiative. The organizing partners would like to express their appreciation to Jennifer for her dedication and expertise on this project. Jennifer can be reached at jennifer.heitel@gmail.com.