Curriculum and Instruction

School Health Education

This page provides guidance, information and resources for school health instruction as required by education law and Commissioner's regulations. Visit the Office of Curriculum and Instruction (C&I), and  the New York State Center For School Health for the most updated and comprehensive materials available.


  • Guidance Document to Achieving New York State Learning Standards in Health pdf (499 KB) - This guidance document provides local educational agencies with a framework for developing health curricula and implementing instructional and assessment strategies. This document is intended for use by administrators and school health education personnel. Every attempt has been made to ensure that the information and resources contained in this document reflect best practice in health education. This document is not intended as a mandate and is to be used for guidance purposes only. Any local curricula or instructional strategies developed based upon this document, in whole or in part, should be reviewed through normal district procedures and be consistent with local community values and needs. (Updated 4/25/14)
  • Health Education Curriculum Analysis Tool (HECAT)external link - The HECAT can help school districts, schools, and others conduct a clear, complete, and consistent analysis of health education curricula based on the National Health Education Standards and CDC’s Characteristics of an Effective Health Education Curriculum. Results of the HECAT results can help schools select or develop appropriate and effective health education curricula and improve the delivery of health education. The HECAT can be customized to meet local community needs and conform to the curriculum requirements of the state or school district.
  • Problem Gambling Resourcesexternal link icon from the New York State Office of Alcoholism and Substance Abuse Services for School Districts and Teachers regarding the education and prevention of problem gambling.

Visit the New York State Center For School Health external link for the most comprehensive guidance materials.

State and National Survey Data

Last Updated: May 24, 2018