• 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

NEW UPDATE:  The Future of Sex Education Initiative is thrilled to announce the release of the National Sex Education Standards, Second Edition.

The first edition of the Standards was a breakthrough, outlining the foundational knowledge and skills students need to navigate sexual development and grow into sexually healthy adults. The updated NSES reflect advancements in research regarding sexual orientation, gender identity, social, racial, and reproductive justice, and the long-term consequences of stigma and discrimination. Other additions include: advances in medical technology, the emergence of digital technologies, and the growing impact of social and sexually explicit media on relationships.

Inclusive and honest sex education goes beyond delivering information. It provides young people with opportunities to explore their own identities and values along with those of their families and communities. It also allows young people to practice the communication, decision-making, and negotiation skills they need to create healthy relationships—both sexual and nonsexual—throughout their lives.  FoSE partners are honored to share the National Sex Education Standards, Second Edition.

Quick Links

National Sex Education Standards (NSES)
Sex Education Collaborative: Professional Learning Standards for Sex Education
National Teacher Preparation Standards

National Standards and Implementation Tools

National Sex Education Standards (NSES)

Tool to Asses 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

Professional Learning Standards for Sex Education from the Sex Education Collaborative

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
Assessment of the Application of the National Teacher Preparation Standards for Sexuality Education in a Professional Preparation Program
Performance Assessment Tool for Teacher Candidates Teaching Sexuality Education, for use with Middle School and High School Levels
Supplement: Professional Disposition Assessment Tool
Theoretical Frameworks and Models Commonly Used in Sexuality Education Programs and Curricula: A Summary
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.

Envisioning the Future of Sex Education: A Tool Kit for States and Communities
Addressing Sexual Health in schools: Policy Considerations
School Health Education Primer
Public Education Primer
Sed Ed State Profiles
Sexuality Education Policies by State
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

Answer
phone: 848-445-7929
email: Lucinda Holt, lucinda.holt@rutgers.edu

SIECUS
phone: 202-265-2405
email: Zach Eisenstein, zeisenstein@siecus.org

For all other inquiries, please contact:

Jennifer Heitel, MPH, is the Coordinating Consultant 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.