The New Jersey School Boards Association recently provided guidance to school boards on answering basic questions about the Comprehensive Health and Physical Education Standards for K-12 students in New Jersey.
The standards have been the subject of media coverage and intense interest from many parents and community members.
As background, in 2020, the New Jersey State Board of Education adopted the revised Comprehensive Health and Physical Education Standards section of the New Jersey Student Learning Standards. These standards were intended to take effect in 2021, however, the implementation was delayed until the 2022-2023 school year as a result of the pandemic. District curriculum is expected to reflect the standards beginning in September.
It is important to note that these standards don’t mandate specific curriculum. They provide information on what students are expected to learn, and guidance for individual districts to develop curricula that is age-appropriate and that reflect the values of the community. NJSBA and its member boards of education believe that parents are our most important partners in education – and we welcome parental input and communication.