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Health Education Overview
The department provides examples of research based materials and resources on health education topics, human growth and development, health literacy and wellness literacy. Schools may use these research based materials and resources listed to add into their curricula and reinforce the importance of prevention measures when reasonable with parents and students. The research based materials and resources are not intended to represent an exhaustive list and will be reviewed/updated on an annual basis. Health Literacy (21st Century Skills) in Iowa Core provides guidance for Iowa schools on academic standards and learning goals for students in the 21st century skill of health education for kindergarten thru twelfth grade. The human growth and development requirements are addressed in Iowa Code section 279.50, Iowa Code section 256.11, Health and wellness literacy requirements are included in Iowa Code Section 256.9.
Human Growth and Development Materials and Resources
- Acquired Immune Deficiency:
- Domestic Abuse, Physical Abuse, Verbal Abuse:
- Immunizations and Human Papilloma Virus:
- Internet Exploitation and Sexual Abuse:
- Wellness and Health Literacy:
Health Education Regulations
Health educational standards are required in preschool through 12th grade to teach from a multicultural, gender fair approach with global perspectives incorporated at all levels in the education program. The education program requirements for human growth and development are written in law from kindergarten thru twelfth grade. The specific requirements and standards in Iowa code and Iowa administrative rules are listed below:
- Human Growth and Development Instruction: Iowa Code 279.50
- Kindergarten Program Standards: Iowa Code 256.11; IAC 281-12.5(2)
- Grades 1st thru 6th Program Standards: Iowa Code 256.11; IAC 281-12.5(3)
- Grades 7th thru 8th Program Standards: Iowa Code 256.11; IAC 281-12.5(4)
- Grades 9th thru 12thProgram Standards: Iowa Code 256.11 ; IAC 281-12.5(5)
The Iowa Core provides statewide health literacy academic standards and learning goals for students in 21st century skills. The Iowa Core is a set of clear and rigorous expectations, or standards, that provide a consistent set of appropriate academic expectations for all students statewide to reflect on real-world knowledge and skills needed to graduate. These standards are not a curriculum, so decisions about how to help students meet learning goals remain in the hands of local schools and teachers.
Essential Concept and/or Skill are listed by grade: