This Compliance Assessment Tool (CAT) for the California Healthy Youth Act is designed for usage to assess compliance of a curriculum and all supplemental materials; for the teaching sexual health education to students of a publicly funded high school or middle school. Further directions for how to use the CAT, can be found in the beginning of the document under the “notes to the reviewer” section. This tool has not been modified to include the additions to California Healthy Youth Act that went into effect January 1, 2018.
Positive Youth Development (PYD) is a strengths-based, holistic approach to working with youth to promote healthy development and outcomes.
In June of 2016 a group of eight reviewers were recruited via the Adolescent Sexual Health Work Group (ASHWG) to form an ad-hoc ASHWG sub-committee charged with reviewing a subset of comprehensive sexual health education curricula for alignment and compliance with the California Healthy Youth Act (CHYA). The group formed in response to extensive requests across California for guidance on which curricula meet the requirements of the new law (which went into effect on January 1, 2016). The goals of this review were to: (1) provide school district staff, teachers, and community education providers with information about a number of widely available curricula in order to inform local processes for curriculum selection; and (2) provide curriculum publishers and authors input from an outside review group on the alignment of their materials with the CHYA. The reports are listed below and links to the publisher responses are provided when available.
These reviews should not replace local reviews by educators. These reviews do not reflect any endorsement from the agencies participating in the review process, including but not limited to the California Department of Education (CDE).
This resource list was put together by the Tools and Training committee of ASHWG to help district administrators, teachers, parents or others seeking current resources for implementing comprehensive sexual health education in California.
View highlights from the 2014 School Health Profiles Survey including the policies and practices of California schools in teaching sexual health education
ASHWG PowerPoint presentation from the 2008 AMCHP Annual Conference
Download the “Core Competencies for Providers of Adolescent Sexual and Reproductive Health Programs/Services” manual and companion pieces.
California Adolescent Sexual Health Work Group, STD, HIV/AIDS, and Adolescent Birth Rate Tables
Doctoral student Lauren Hunter of UC Berkeley presented an analysis comparing chlamydia positivity by type of contraceptive method used among women tested through California’s Family PACT program in 2012-2013 in ASHWG’s first organizational webinar. In the presentation, there is a discussion of the implications of the findings and how the development and provision of additional Multipurpose Prevention Technologies (MPTs) may help to address an unmet need for STI prevention. Watch the full replay of the webinar below.