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You Spoke and We Listened: New Health Education Standards


In 2007, the SBOE approved the current version of the Health Education Standards. Since then, education standards and data on District students’ health outcomes show a pressing need for change that results in robust health education standards. You spoke and we heard you. After multiple public engagement forums and significant research, the full health education standards have been approved. 

Past Public Engagement:  

The DC State Board of Education (SBOE) empowering the public to participate in the development of  the new health education standards. Members of the public were briefed before each meeting from the Office of the State Superintendent of Education (OSSE) about the new standards. Students played a role by testifying about what they wanted to learn during the SBOE Public Meetings. Check out the student voices who shaped the new health education standards on Youtube. 

Student-Led Health Education Town Hall March 17, 5-7 pm The Young Women's Project; 2217 14th St NW – This review session will be led by teens in the DC public school system and the SBOE Student Representative

Health Standards Town Hall February 10, 4:30-6 pm – 441 4th Street, NW 11th Floor – The Student Advisory Committees of the SBOE and the Public Charter School Board will co-host. This town hall is designed to be a forum for District students, and students of all ages are welcome to attend. Reach out to our Student Representatives, Brian Contreras, ([email protected]) or Destinee Whittington ([email protected]) if you have questions. 

Health Standards, February 11, Watha T. Daniel/Shaw Neighborhood Library-1630 7th St NW, Washington, DC 20001 7 - 8 pm – Open to all District residents. 
 • SBOE President Jack Jacobson (@JackJacobsonDC)will host the town hall and will discuss the standards’ attention to bullying and gun safety.

Health Standards February 20, 3:30-5 pm - William O. Lockridge/Bellevue Neighborhood Library - 115 Atlantic St SW – Open to all District residents.
• SBOE Ward 8 member Tierra Jolly (@JollyforWard8)will host the town hall and will discuss the standard’s nutrition and physical health portions.

OSSE LEA Health Standards Field-Tests, January 15, February 4, March 3, 4-6 pm - 810 First Street, NE, Third Floor Grand Hall.