State Profiles

Minnesota’s Sex Education Snapshot

The State of Sex Education

Advocates have taken incremental steps to improve sex education in Minnesota over the past decade, most recently culminating in the introduction of  House File 358. This bill, introduced by Representative Sydney Jordan, sought to mandate comprehensive sex education in public and charter schools. Advocates also, however, need to be wary of upcoming legislation that seeks to restrict sex education. For example, House File 345, introduced by Representative Peggy Scott, would require parental consent prior to instruction in sex education, shifting from opt-out to an opt-in policy. Currently, advocates in Minnesota have been actively planning future efforts to pass legislation that ensures youth receive comprehensive sex education.

While Minnesota schools are required to provide instruction on STIs and abstinence, curriculum is not required to be comprehensive, culturally responsive to the needs of young people of color, or include topics such as sexual orientation, gender identity, consent, and healthy relationships.

Local control over sex education presents unique challenges that have resulted in a glaring disparity regarding the quality of sex education that students receive. Such discretion allows for the implementation of policies and curriculum that stigmatize marginalized youth, such as students of color and LGBTQ youth, and presents further challenges in ensuring that low income districts have access to the resources needed to implement comprehensive sex education.

Advocates report that the patchwork education youth receive, ranging from comprehensive instruction to abstinence-only instruction, fails to provide the skills and information they need to determine what is best for their health and their future. Students report that instruction often lacks information on sexual health and consent, fails to address the health needs of LGBTQ students, and relies on fear tactics to deter youth from engaging in sexual activity. Organizations such as Planned Parenthood North Central States have established multiple programs to fill the gap in access to quality sex education. As the largest provider of comprehensive sex education in the state, Planned Parenthood provides eight different education programs to address the needs of Minnesota youth. Advocates report additional, increased community support is needed to advance sex education. In addition, an increased ability to advance public knowledge surrounding sex education and address common myths and concerns regarding advanced programming is essential in furthering the ability of youth to receive advanced instruction.

Right now, advocates can identify what topics are missing from sex education instruction, such as curriculum that is medically accurate and culturally responsive to the needs of young people of color, or instruction on topics consent, healthy relationships, sexual orientation, gender identity, and contraception. They can then vocalize the important need for advancing sex education requirements in their community. Advocates are encouraged to take action on pending legislation that seeks to advance or restrict the principles of comprehensive sex education. For a current overview of pending legislation, see table below. Additionally, reach out to EducateUs to get connected to local advocacy groups. Further, advocates can contact their representatives to discuss the critical need for advancing comprehensive sex education requirements.  Advocates are encouraged to use the SIECUS Community Action Toolkit to guide local efforts to advance sex education.

State Sex Education Policies and Requirements at a Glance

  • Minnesota schools are required to teach sex education.
    • Curriculum is not required to be comprehensive.
    • Curriculum must include instruction that helps students abstain from sexual activity until marriage.
  • Curriculum is not required to include instruction on sexual orientation or gender identity.
  • Curriculum is not required to include instruction on consent.
  • Curriculum must be available for parental review. Parents or guardians may remove their children from instruction if they object to the content. This is referred to as an “opt-out” policy.
  • Minnesota has no standard regarding medically accurate sex education. However, curriculum is required to be “technically accurate.”

State House Highlights

This section highlights sex education bills that were introduced during the 2021 state legislative session as well as bills that have been introduced thus far in 2022. These proposed bills ​provide a brief overview of both recent and current legislative action taken to advance or restrict sex education. For a more comprehensive look at relevant legislation concerning sex education and related topics such as reproductive health care, LGBTQ rights, racial equity and justice, parental rights, bullying and harassment, mental health, assault and violence prevention, and HIV/STIs as it impacts youth, continue reading on to the “State Legislative Activity” section of Minnesota’s profile.

2022 Legislative Session

House File 4827 (pending): Reinforces parental right to make decisions regarding the upbringing of their child. Classroom instruction by school personnel or third parties on sexual orientation or gender identity may not occur in kindergarten through grade 3 or in a manner that is not age-appropriate or developmentally appropriate for students in accordance with locally adopted standards and state law.

2021 Legislative Session

House File 345 (pending): Aims to prohibits school districts from providing sex education prior to receiving parental consent. This is referred to as an “opt-in” policy.

House File 358 (pending): Aims to require the commissioner of education to identity one or more comprehensive sex education program for elementary and secondary school students. The model program must then be accessible to school districts, including written materials, curriculum resources, and training for instructors. Requires schools to provide comprehensive sex education starting in the 2023-2024 school year that’s appropriate for all students; including students with disabilities and students enrolled in a state approved alternative program. An identical, companion bill was introduced in the Senate.

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State Law

Minnesota Statutes §§ 120B.20 and 121A.23 require every school district to develop and implement a comprehensive risk-reduction program “including but not exclusive to human immunodeficiency virus [HIV] and human papilloma virus [HPV].”  While the state has not developed a specific curriculum, each school district must have “a comprehensive, technically accurate, and updated curriculum that includes helping students to abstain from sexual activity until marriage” and must target “adolescents, especially those who may be at high risk of contracting sexually transmitted infections [STIs] and [sexually transmitted] diseases [STDs], for prevention efforts.”

Minnesota also requires each school district to:

[H]ave a procedure for a parent, guardian, or an adult student (18 years of age or older) to review the content of the instructional materials to be provided to a minor child or to an adult student and, if the parent, guardian, or adult student objects to the content, to make reasonable arrangements with school personnel for alternative instruction.

State Standards

Minnesota’s National Health Education Standards and Minnesota Benchmarks provide guidance for local school district curriculum development. The standards do not mention contraception or condoms, but they briefly mention HIV transmission and unintended pregnancy.

State Legislative Activity

State legislative activity does not take place in isolation from the broader embroiled political and policy climate. Attacks on the rights of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, or questioning (LGBTQ) individuals, attempts to restrict or prohibit instruction on “divisive concepts” such as Critical Race Theory, and efforts to limit access to abortion care and other reproductive healthcare services prevent students from receiving comprehensive sex education and accessing sexual and reproductive health care services. Below are highlights of current legislative activity related to these topics. Minnesota’s 2022 Session convened on January 31, 2022.

TitleDescriptionStatusLegislative Topic
House File 4874Protects individuals and their children coming from out of state to receive gender affirming careDied in House Committee on Judiciary, Finance, and Civil Law (2022)Sexual Orientation and Gender Identityhttp://wdoc.house.leg.state.mn.us/leg/LS92/HF4874.0.pdf
Senate File 4582Ensures protections for individuals seeking gender affirming care for themselves or their children out of state from restrictions within their home statement by prohibiting enforcement of home state lawsDied in Senate Committee on Civil Law and Data Practices Policy Committee (2022)Sexual Orientation and Gender Identityhttps://www.revisor.mn.gov/bills/text.php?number=SF4582&version=0&session=ls92&session_year=2022&session_number=0&format=pdf
House File 4827Reinforces parental right to make decisions regarding the upbringing of their child. Classroom instruction by school personnel or third parties on sexual orientation or gender identity may not occur in kindergarten through grade 3 or in a manner that is not age-appropriate or developmentally appropriate for students in accordance with locally adopted standards and state law.Died in House Committee on education Policy (2022)Parental Rights and Curriculum Transparencyhttp://wdoc.house.leg.state.mn.us/leg/LS92/HF4827.0.pdf
House File 4822Provides protections for minors and their parents who travel out of state to seek gender affirming care if it is prohibited in their own stateDied in House committee on Judiciary, finance, and Civil Law (2022)Sexual Orientation and Gender Identityhttp://wdoc.house.leg.state.mn.us/leg/LS92/HF4822.0.pdf
House File 2778Prohibits the inclusion of critical race theory in curriculum as a requirementDied in House Committee on Education Policy (2022)Racial Equity & Justicehttps://www.billtrack50.com/billdetail/1436353
House File 1457Establishes rights of parents in the directing the education of their childDied in House Committee on Education Policy (2022)Parental Rights and Curriculum Transparencyhttps://www.billtrack50.com/billdetail/1324875
House File 4282School-sponsored sports teams required to be designated by biological sex.Died in House Committee on Education Policy (2022)Sexual Orientation and Gender Identityhttps://legiscan.com/MN/text/HF4282/id/2548005/Minnesota-2021-HF4282-Introduced.pdf
Senate File 3863Modifies procedures for addressing, investigating, and responding to prohibited conduct in schools.Died in Senate Committee on Education and Finance Policy (2022)Bullying and Harassmenthttps://legiscan.com/MN/text/SF3863/id/2541884/Minnesota-2021-SF3863-Introduced.pdf
Senate File 3483Establishes a parental bill of rights to protect the fundamental right of a parent to direct the upbringing, education,​ and physical and mental health care of the parent's minor child.Died in Senate Human Services Reform Finance and Policy Committee (2022)Parental Rights and Curriculum Transparencyhttps://s3.amazonaws.com/fn-document-service/file-by-sha384/4eb13f5b21faeb747c2a60ccb6e4c1f5654eab9b275a98703db87512f131d802174e1255900cff092b5d4106dff3323b
Senate File 3557Creates ethnic studies graduation requirement for highschoolDied in Senate Education Finance and Policy Committee (2022)Racial Equity & Justicehttps://s3.amazonaws.com/fn-document-service/file-by-sha384/780cbd2b00a07e4fa8ed266db4cbaf854e9476b52fb90e1c121467efd51f74025278127ab7924502d6f6e89d9253a888
House File 3434Creates ethnic studies graduation requirement for high schoolDied in House Education Finance Committee (2022) Racial Equity & Justicehttps://s3.amazonaws.com/fn-document-service/file-by-sha384/60c8e19cc351ecb504923c25a889eb7c4f4e5c3a7a94979c98f2ee6cba49810a308bcd79593cbffc2347324d3d79b061
House File 1657Prohibits schools from allowing students to participate on the interscholastic team and use the locker room in accordance with their gender identityDied in House Education Policy Committee (2022)Sexual Orientation and Gender Identityhttps://s3.amazonaws.com/fn-document-service/file-by-sha384/06ea0399d32872fa32f728d28a04b5cfcb1f59cad9a53c96070a25545adb13fd9f39ecb771cb8019196d5bb85d137371
House File 352Prohibits schools from allowing students to participate on the interscholastic team in accordance with their gender identityDied in House Education Policy Committee (2022)Sexual Orientation and Gender Identityhttps://s3.amazonaws.com/fn-document-service/file-by-sha384/f9b84c1e740f7167f451711f0a1a7fe374736210dcea16bfb3eebecf7158394e2d4bf122e67bf59dab6e5d3d350ede04
House File 350Prohibits schools from allowing students to participate on the interscholastic team in accordance with their gender identityDied in House Education Policy Committee (2022)Sexual Orientation and Gender Identityhttps://s3.amazonaws.com/fn-document-service/file-by-sha384/e12a894f5f405a03a1fe74f60678f1c437e0d4ff2793a161c16e29369bfe6b88ef65a066bb1ea0d8fb805478c1112770
Senate File 3239Affirms right of parent to direct education of child and emphasizes need for school districts to adopt procedure for parental notification of curriculum and establishes penalties for violation of thisDied in Senate Education Finance and Policy Committee (2022)Parental Rights and Curriculum Transparencyhttps://www.revisor.mn.gov/bills/text.php?number=SF3239&version=latest&session=ls92&session_year=2022&session_number=0
House File 3343Prohibits schools from preventing students from participating in interscholastic sports in accordance with their gender identity, regardless of assigned sex at birthDied in House Education Policy Committee (2022)Sexual Orientation and Gender Identityhttps://s3.amazonaws.com/fn-document-service/file-by-sha384/385d3764bc96864fe5e0c33ecb071917d0235d3ede70e52943378a668697a6b2af5c48d44d24806f606e63d7a306cd04
House File 3401Requires "ethnic studies curriculum" to state academic standards which includes study of race and racism in the United StatesDied in House Education Policy Committee (2022)Racial Equity & Justicehttps://s3.amazonaws.com/fn-document-service/file-by-sha384/436e78744a230b78e3f3333937dfe9bacc5c7cfb3ec8437aba337cc7f40062fb597b7b3f2e6f5e841def8c97f7e6fd62
House File 3436Establishes right of parent to direct upbringing and education of child and making curriculum available online and outline requirements regarding posting timingDied in House Education Policy Committee (2022)Parental Rights and Curriculum Transparencyhttps://s3.amazonaws.com/fn-document-service/file-by-sha384/aa1f1e55ab537b39159b43c5f20a76866237fc3b7c28926a2b07d6c25c767dc75febf40d471621de2f97ed22782d9c2c
House File 3444Establishes "Parents Bill of Rights" which entails that parents have right to direct the upbringing and education of child among other rightsDied in House Human Services Finance and Policy Committee (2022)Parental Rights and Curriculum Transparencyhttps://s3.amazonaws.com/fn-document-service/file-by-sha384/f591d41e1016213f10e9629df8de2291f148f09ad715ed777364fe6a6165d7129213762c4ade73868ab699b19882a635
Senate File 3094Requires schools to develop policy to address "malicious or sadistic conduct" or harassment by a district, school staff member, or student on the basis of race, religious, sexual harassment, sexual orientation, and sexual exploitationDied in Senate Education Finance and Policy Committee (2022)Bullying and Harassmenthttps://s3.amazonaws.com/fn-document-service/file-by-sha384/b918adbe90efadaf1067a360bf2bd154b2741e1a9596f1b9d18af8a78e50f7b6124f1b609842e179bbf97ae631ddbf9d
Senate File 3130Requires schools to allow students to participate in interscholastic sports according to their gender identity, regardless of assigned sex at birth and to allow for students to utilize restrooms and school facilities according to their gender identityDied in Senate Education Finance and Policy Committee (2022)Sexual Orientation and Gender Identityhttps://s3.amazonaws.com/fn-document-service/file-by-sha384/75def40646a0181ac3bfe11b649ea38717eca5c4a3ad98c9fdf60216bf5909dd4aba62942755c8bc3f551aabc1222b4d
Senate File 3132Defines ethnic studies curriculum as the intersectional study of race, ethnicity, and the experiences of people of color in the United States and requires schools to assess ethnic studies curriculum needs to be able to integrate it into existing coursework as well as work towards diversifying the workforce of educators to increase the number of teachers of color, especially American Indian teachers in MinnesotaDied in Senate Education Finance and Policy Committee (2022)Racial Equity & Justicehttps://s3.amazonaws.com/fn-document-service/file-by-sha384/b13b1401bb3781444019df7e9bf841e763eb4ac44d1c135ad02ebad180ec09ac3563d078b7ba65e70f15da227f36551b
House File 3260Requires schools to develop policy to address "malicious or sadistic conduct" or harassment by a district, school staff member, or student on the basis of race, religious, sexual harassment, sexual orientation, and sexual exploitationDied in House Education Policy Committee (2022)Bullying and Harassmenthttps://s3.amazonaws.com/fn-document-service/file-by-sha384/d075dd1017fefab4281dd20883e4748585cfa6415f4e4a8c33b08c5dd7748ff8eaafb27115c0f3431b6d3ba700a31087
House File 3301Establishes that school district or public school may not require instruction on critical race theoryDied in House Education Policy Committee (2022)Racial Equity & Justicehttps://s3.amazonaws.com/fn-document-service/file-by-sha384/cbdfbfa4770966687594223fb14280e6e2d1fcd760071078b7d14188f8667dd8e31bf565834a38dfeb5b83f689da8658
Senate File 3064Establishes parents bill of rights which entails that parents have a right to direct their child's education through rights such as being able to review and object to instructional materialDied in Senate Human Services Reform Finance and Policy Committee (2022)Parental Rights and Curriculum Transparencyhttps://s3.amazonaws.com/fn-document-service/file-by-sha384/3f05cf8057af20fe6da6b4b5518ae5e4818bf225d09ed0fabe88eb4623ca0c50c696dd4a01aca831c8627efbb34c994c
Senate File 2909Prohibits state from infringing on parental rights and requires schools to provide access to all instructional materials and other detailed information through school website which would add to administrative burden of schoolsDied in Chamber (2022)Parental Rights and Curriculum Transparencyhttps://s3.amazonaws.com/fn-document-service/file-by-sha384/4f203da6c3b75814913106c86d8fcf9212c6939a945df93e0ea94399c43a7035963cf197b5e7d21b432db853a918f09d
House File 3079Defines ethnic studies curriculum as the intersectional study of race, ethnicity, and the experiences of people of color in the United States and requires schools to assess ethnic studies curriculum needs to be able to integrate it into existing coursework as well as work towards diversifying the workforce of educators to increase the number of teachers of color, especially American Indian teachers in MinnesotaDied in House Education Finance Committee (2022)Racial Equity & Justicehttps://s3.amazonaws.com/fn-document-service/file-by-sha384/016cea63eb88876bb6851e292da179fc3839ea6088ffc421d25094588bf4e198efd0f12385927e31c5de2e27e5311974
Senate File 2597Establishing council on LGBTQIA Minnesotans and prohibits conversion therapyDied in Senate State Government Finance and Policy and Elections Committee (2022)Sexual Orientation and Gender Identityhttps://s3.amazonaws.com/fn-document-service/file-by-sha384/3ae877ce1fecdae8a2ee3a5795520ecad70f6d307327577ab1574b84de557ffdb1691f60e423c910971288e0bbfa2178
House File 259Establishes the right of any person to choose or refuse reproductive health care, choose or refuse contraception or sterilization, and choose or refuse to give birth to a child, or to choose to obtain an abortion. Referred to the Senate Committee on Health and Human Services Finance and Policy (2021) Reproductive Health Care https://s3.amazonaws.com/fn-document-service/file-by-sha384/fda4cf96888cf506f540f19294de2362268f503d4fc9c6493044d127f6d7434f2f77b09d41137ed1d154e92ffbf8e86d
House File 345 Prohibits school districts from providing sex education prior to receiving parental consent.Referred to the House Committee on Education Policy (2021) Sex Education https://s3.amazonaws.com/fn-document-service/file-by-sha384/25744f201c71ad2aae3548927c206544d0801dd74e0f1179690e553e54a62b651e365469e4d18b3a1f523f84638607ae
House File 358Requires the commissioner of education to identity one or more comprehensive sex education program for elementary and secondary school students. The model program must then be accessible to school districts, including written materials, curriculum resources, and training for instructors. Requires schools to provide comprehensive sex education starting in the 2023-2024 school year that’s appropriate for all students; including students with disabilities and students enrolled in a state approved alternative program.Returned to the House Committee on Education Policy (2021) Sex Education https://s3.amazonaws.com/fn-document-service/file-by-sha384/23c79a3dddc6b0d45fd46b9d4413a502480bc69479ddf6efcd4de827fb4313b887a08e8fb7e58b47baedaf1f92214ffa
House File 262Prohibits abortion if a fetal heartbeat is detected unless in the case of a medical emergency. Referred to the Senate Committee on Health and Human Services Finance and Policy (2021) Reproductive Health Care https://s3.amazonaws.com/fn-document-service/file-by-sha384/b8a37bb565e4a13b4ea392285b727286a406c6b0aa2b30a141da2f410a0dbd6bc60088d2345820608b70622bd5d5dd0d
House File 643 Prohibits abortion once a fetal heartbeat is detected. Referred to the Senate committee on Health and Human Services Finance and Policy (2021) Reproductive Health Care https://s3.amazonaws.com/fn-document-service/file-by-sha384/470fac396569c5eca60a4862904a7e5197e64a3f7a39b4268d0c6330f92862f5ec9a2956f622c8b9ce2bd6e301f6d2de
House File 2156Prohibits health practitioners from engaging in conversion therapy with minors or vulnerable adults. Referred to the House Committee on Health Finance and Policy (2021) Sexual Orientation and Gender Identityhttps://s3.amazonaws.com/fn-document-service/file-by-sha384/53bcfc09cb683259389b96ebbfc1b0bf4740bfb4814293df71302b5eed02b2d31372f19058de58ff2a1effe1ea003d82
Senate File 223 Prohibits abortion if a fetal heartbeat is detected unless in the case of a medical emergency. Referred to the Senate Committee on Health and Human Services Finance and Policy (2021) Reproductive Health Care https://s3.amazonaws.com/fn-document-service/file-by-sha384/5955d2f6d745a3ce2e54165641291dbda43ff4aaf87ffd72464e7ee9c23f283a9f5ced73dba3b1599b510e33f5fa75e3
Senate File 356 Prohibits abortion once a fetal heartbeat is detected. Referred to the Senate Committee on Health and Human Services Finance and Policy (2021) Reproductive Health Care https://s3.amazonaws.com/fn-document-service/file-by-sha384/dc2189ea0d64f176dd90ca5fc7dda804073883fe64e41dd7fdb1d8f2dc9855a321a4dbdaaa18d5452f446621b9db5e70
Senate File 360 Establishes a Council on LGBTQI Minnesotans and prohibits medical professionals from engaging in conversion therapy with minors. Referred to the Senate Committee on Health and Human services Finance and Policy (2021) Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity https://s3.amazonaws.com/fn-document-service/file-by-sha384/f0a628eb55611972b8f70834606863b7ed5ab171cfcd5f4cd887318a389b6b24ccbefa1050d1f411c4eb69a361c66645
Senate File 632Requires the commissioner of education to identity one or more comprehensive sex education program for elementary and secondary school students. The model program must then be accessible to school districts, including written materials, curriculum resources, and training for instructors. Requires schools to provide comprehensive sex education starting in the 2023-2024 school year that’s appropriate for all students; including students with disabilities and students enrolled in a state approved alternative program.Referred to the Senate Committee on Higher Education Finance and Policy (2021) Sex Education https://s3.amazonaws.com/fn-document-service/file-by-sha384/0521c1badc8a7065257bdb4f7132ec142c51d687ced148ea1901e01315d63ba6c95a1a879daa15872f92d59c4f183516
Senate File 731Asserts that every individual has a fundamental right ot make autonomous decisions about their own reproductive health, including the right to chooose ore fuse reproductive health care, choose or refuse contraception or sterilization, and choose to continue a pregnancy and give birth or choose to obtain an abortion. Further asserts that every individual has a fundamental right of privacy with respect to these decisions, and that the state shall not interfere with the right to make these reproductive health care decisions. Referred to the Senate Committee on Health and Human Services Finance and Policy (2021) Reproductive Health Care https://s3.amazonaws.com/fn-document-service/file-by-sha384/d010d673b8ec02c403156f284fa060909e0dd99b52f6e55139f3d60bce44fdcaba2b76d1956b8dec18599b6a21d7137d
Senate File 1871Prohibits health practitioners from engaging in conversion therapy with minors or vulnerable adults. Referred to the Senate Committee on Health and Human Services Finance and Policy (2021) Sexual Orientation and Gender Identityhttps://s3.amazonaws.com/fn-document-service/file-by-sha384/fdbabcd6521acdfa790c4a80a112f6fee4462b3ecf603c5b1ae0c061ab9c5a95c9f9ada9b0744eff13faec05d6476c04

Youth Sexual Health Data

Young people are more than their health behaviors and outcomes. While data can be a powerful tool to demonstrate the sex education and sexual health care needs of young people, it is important to be mindful that these behaviors and outcomes are impacted by systemic inequities present in our society that affect an individual’s sexual health and well-being. To learn more about Minnesota’s Health of Adolescents Survey results, click here.

Minnesota School Health Profiles Data 

In 2019, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) released the School Health Profiles, which measure school health policies and practices and highlight which health topics were taught in schools across the country. Since the data were collected from self-administered questionnaires completed by schools’ principals and lead health education teachers, the CDC notes that one limitation of the School Health Profiles is bias toward the reporting of more positive policies and practices. In the School Health Profiles, the CDC identifies 20 sexual health education topics as critical for ensuring a young person’s sexual health. Below are key instruction highlights for secondary schools in Minnesota as reported for the 2017–2018 school year.

Reported teaching all 20 critical sexual health education topics

  • 15.1% of Minnesota secondary schools taught students all 20 critical sexual health education topics in a required course in any of grades 6, 7, or 8.
  • 42% of Minnesota secondary schools taught students all 20 critical sexual health education topics in a required course in any of grades 9, 10, 11, or 12.

Reported teaching about the benefits of being sexually abstinent

  • 78.9% of Minnesota secondary schools taught students about the benefits of being sexually abstinent in a required course in any of grades 6, 7, or 8.
  • 94.1% of Minnesota secondary schools taught students about the benefits of being sexually abstinent in a required course in any of grades 9, 10, 11, or 12.

Reported teaching how to access valid and reliable information, products, and services related to HIV, other STDs, and pregnancy

  • 64.8% of Minnesota secondary schools taught students how to access valid and reliable information, products, and services related to HIV, other STDs, and pregnancy in a required course in any of grades 6, 7, or 8.
  • 92.2% of Minnesota secondary schools taught students how to access valid and reliable information, products, and services related to HIV, other STDs, and pregnancy in a required course in any of grades 9, 10, 11, or 12.

Reported teaching how to create and sustain healthy and respectful relationships

  • 81% of Minnesota secondary schools taught students how to create and sustain healthy and respectful relationships in a required course in any of grades 6, 7, or 8.
  • 93.4% of Minnesota secondary schools taught students how to create and sustain healthy and respectful relationships in a required course in any of grades 9, 10, 11, or 12.

Reported teaching about preventive care that is necessary to maintain reproductive and sexual health

  • 58.9% of Minnesota secondary schools taught students about preventive care that is necessary to maintain reproductive and sexual health in a required course in any of grades 6, 7, or 8.
  • 87.6% of Minnesota secondary schools taught students about preventive care that is necessary to maintain reproductive and sexual health in a required course in any of grades 9, 10, 11, or 12.

Reported teaching how to correctly use a condom

  • 27.6% of Minnesota secondary schools taught students how to correctly use a condom in a required course in any of grades 6, 7, or 8.
  • 62.1% of Minnesota secondary schools taught students how to correctly use a condom in a required course in any of grades 9, 10, 11, or 12.

Reported teaching about methods of contraception other than condoms

  • 42.6% of Minnesota secondary schools taught students about methods of contraception other than condoms in a required course in any of grades 6, 7, or 8.
  • 82.5% of Minnesota secondary schools taught students about methods of contraception other than condoms in a required course in any of grades 9, 10, 11, or 12.

Reported teaching about sexual orientation

  • 31.4% of Minnesota secondary schools taught students about sexual orientation in a required course in any of grades 6, 7, or 8.
  • 58.3% of Minnesota secondary schools taught students about sexual orientation in a required course in any of grades 9, 10, 11, or 12.

Reported teaching about gender roles, gender identity, or gender expression

  • 35.2% of Minnesota secondary schools taught students about gender roles, gender identity, or gender expression in a required course in any of grades 6, 7, or 8.
  • 62% of Minnesota secondary schools taught students about gender roles, gender identity, or gender expression in a required course in any of grades 9, 10, 11, or 12.

Reported providing curricula or supplementary materials relevant to lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, or questioning (LGBTQ) youth 

  • 52.4% of Minnesota secondary schools provided students with curricula or supplementary materials that included HIV, STD, or pregnancy prevention information relevant to LGBTQ youth.

(Visit the CDC’s School Health Profiles report for additional information on school health policies and practices.)

***The quality of sex education taught often reflects funding available for sex education programs. To learn more about federal funding streams, click here.

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