New Jersey's Sex Ed Report Card
In New Jersey, we know a lot of great sex education is being provided, but we also know that sex education can be underfunded, not prioritized, and often politicized. Based on the findings of New Jersey’s Sex Ed Report Card, there are multiple areas for improvement.
A coalition of parents, community members, and advocacy organizations serving as a subcommittee of the Thrive NJ Coalition have worked together to create New Jersey’s Sex Ed Report Card. Our goal was to explore the need for additional investment, tools, training, and accountability to strengthen sex education in New Jersey. This report includes recommendations for improvement based upon the needs of students, educators, schools, and parents.
To gather this information, we created three surveys: one for parents and guardians, one for teachers and school administrators, and one for the students themselves. Coalition partners and community members conducted outreach between May and July 2019 in order to obtain survey responses from parents, students, and educators at New Jersey public schools.
Certain overarching themes were evident upon our analysis of these responses:
Overall, students and parents gave New Jersey’s sex education a C grade in our survey. We can do better than that. We are excited to work with teachers, administrators, elected officials, and community partners to ensure that sex education in New Jersey is the gold standard for sex education across the country. Together, we can be a leader to help improve public health outcomes and make a positive impact on the health and lives of New Jersey's young people.