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Resources listed here may not be suitable for use in schools. Many are provided as resources for educators and parents. We recommend reviewing all materials for alignment with district policy and state law before using with students. Resources are provided for informational purposes and not as recommendations from OSPI.



Sexual Health Education

Districts that choose to offer sexual health education must comply with the Healthy Youth Act, which is based on the legislature’s finding “that young people should have the knowledge and skills necessary to build healthy relationships, and to protect themselves from unintended pregnancy and sexually transmitted diseases, including HIV infection.” The law defines comprehensive sexual health education, which must be age-appropriate, medically accurate, evidence-informed, address both abstinence and other prevention methods, and appropriate for all students regardless of gender, race, disability status or sexual orientation.

General Resources

Health/Sexual Health Education Standards

Instructional Materials, Reviews, Scope and Sequence

Evidence-Based and Evidence-Informed Programs

Population-specific Education (also see resources below on “Support for LGBTQ Students”)



  • Equity and Civil Rights, OSPI – policy guidance for schools related to discrimination and bias.
  • Federal Policy Action Center, Power to Decide Campaign to Prevent Unplanned Pregnancy - provides information on policy related to sexual health education and teen pregnancy prevention programs.
  • Guttmacher Institute – Policy briefs and analyses on sexual health education and related topics.


Washington state law requires annual HIV/AIDS Prevention Education beginning no later than grade 5 (AIDS Omnibus Act). It must be medically accurate and must address both abstinence and other methods of prevention.

Family-Child Communication

Research shows that positive communication between parents and their children can help young people establish individual values and make healthy decisions. A major study showed that adolescents who reported feeling connected to parents and their family were more likely than other teens to delay initiating sexual intercourse. Confident, loving parent-child communication leads to improved contraceptive and condom use, improved communication about sex, and fewer sexual risk behaviors among adolescents. (from “Parent-Child Communication: Promoting Sexually Healthy Youth,” Advocates for Youth)

Safe and Supportive Schools

All students deserve to learn about all subjects in settings that are safe and supportive, free from sexual violence, bullying and harassment. Providing a safe learning climate is especially important when teaching sexual health education.

Dating Violence/Sexual Assault Prevention

Support for LGBTQ Students

Sexual Health Services

Helping students change risk behaviors requires providing information, skills, motivation and access to services. Youth in Washington have the right to confidential, youth-friendly sexual health services in the school or community setting.



   Updated 10/23/2018

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