“Quality health education programs help students achieve their highest academic potential. The Health Education Content Standards for California Public Schools, Kindergarten Through Grade Twelve provides guidance on the essential skills and knowledge that students should have at each grade level. Local educators are encouraged to apply these standards when developing curricular and instructional strategies for health education and other interdisciplinary subjects.
Recognizing the significant impact of health on academic achievement, we must do everything possible to improve the quality of health education in California schools. The health education content standards represent our commitment to promoting excellence in health education for all students.”
-A Message from the State Board of Education and the State Superintendent of Public Instruction.
Health Education Content Standards for California Public Schools, Kindergarten Through Grade Twelve.
California students need to learn skills (i.e. the standards) to increase their Health Literacy , which has been defined by the World Health Organization as the cognitive and social skills which determine the motivation and ability of individuals to gain access to, understand, and use information in ways which promote and maintain good health.