Standardized sex ed testing for D.C. students


In a controversial move, the District will administer standardized testing on sex education. The test will be the first in the nation of its nature, and will consist of 50 questions that will measure student knowledge on human sexuality, contraception, and drugs. The test follows health education standards approved by the D.C. State Board of Education, with a basis on facts rather than morality.

The need for standardized testing on the subject is in response to the District’s rates of teenage pregnancy, STDs and childhood obesity. School leaders hope the testing will educate as well as determine what students already know about risky behavior.


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