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2023 Oregon K-12 Health Education Standards Draft Update

Since June of 2022, the Oregon Department of Education, led by the statewide Health Education Panel and in collaboration with a diversity of internal and external partners, has been developing an updated draft of the 2023 Oregon Health Education Standards.

The public survey for feedback of the standards was open from August 9-Sept.1. The Oregon Department of Education reviewed feedback provided by community members and use their contributions to continue strengthening the 2023 Health Education Standards. In September of 2023, the draft Oregon K-12 Health Education Standards will be presented to the State Board of Education for a first read.

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Health Education Overview

Health Education provides students with the knowledge and skills necessary to develop health literacy, so they are able to access valid information, resources and services in order to develop, maintain and promote healthy behaviors. 

Dimensions of Health: Environmental, Physical, Social, Emotional, and Mental

Health education is built on the foundation of teaching to all dimensions of the whole child. The eight main standards in health education focus on the development of knowledge and skills that students will use throughout their lifetimes – understanding health content and concepts; analyzing influences; interpersonal communication; decision-making; goal setting; self-management; and advocacy. Quality health education requires time for students to develop and practice healthy behaviors, and ensures that students from every background and identity can learn the knowledge and skills to live their best, and healthiest lives.

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Oregon Health Education Standards and Performance Indicators were adopted by the State Board of Education in December 2016.

  • National Health Education Standard

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  • Appropriate Practices in School-Based Health Education

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  • Health Resources​

    Professional development, professional organizations and publications, and more.


SB13 Tribal History/Shared History: Health Lessons

Health Education Newsletter 

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For questions regarding the ODE Health program, contact Suzanne Hidde, 971-208-0395.
For questions regarding the ODE Sexuality Education program, contact Sasha Grenier, 503-339-5407.