Standards

As part of the Maine Department of Education’s commitment to supporting schools in the delivery of effective prekindergarten through grade 12 health education instructional programs, this page provides resources to support implementation of Maine’s health education standards. The State's health education standards are part of the Health Education and Physical Education Standards in the Maine Learning Results.

Maine based the development of its health education standards on the National Health Education Standards (NHES). How schools implement State standards is entirely a local decision.

State Standards

The health education standards and performance indicators in the Maine Learning Results represent the essential knowledge and skills students need to be healthy individuals.

Every day, students make decisions affecting their health and well-being: what foods to eat, what company to keep, what risks to take and what to do for physical activity. These decisions often lead to habits that stay with them throughout life. Instruction guided by the health education standards will help students make better decisions about their health. Through achievement of the health education standards, students learn that their decisions can affect their health and set a pattern for their lives.

National Standards

  • NHES. The NHES are the framework for health education instruction and are designed to support schools in meeting the essential goal of enabling students to acquire the knowledge and skills needed to promote personal, family and community health. The NHES document includes the standards and foundational information for effective health education curricula. It also provides teachers, administrators, parents and policy makers with guidance on designing or selecting curricula, allocating instructional resources and assessing student achievement and progress.