WISE in West Virginia
WV FREE believes that youth deserve to be taught age-appropriate, medically accurate, reproductive health education so they can be equipped to make important decisions for their lives.
Working to Institutionalize Sex Education (WISE) is a national initiative working to support educators to offer comprehensive sex education (CSE). CSE is developmentally appropriate and provides students with information on relationships, decision‐making, assertiveness, and skill-building to resist social and peer pressure. CSE addresses both abstinence and medically accurate information about sexually transmitted infections (STIs) and reproductive health.
In 2012, West Virginia was selected to become a WISE state due to a favorable policy climate for CSE implementation. WISE in WV works to implement school-based sex ed in grades 4-12 and build the capacity within schools to sustain programming over time.
The West Virginia Board of Education requires Next Generation Health Education Standards to be taught to students including:
Functions of the reproductive system
Physiological and emotional changes due to puberty
Influence of media on a student’s future sexual activity
Refusal skills to avoid risky behavior or situations
Predicting positive and negative potential outcomes when making health-related decisions
Identifying and applying skills to prevent communicable (e.g. STIs, HIV/AIDS) diseases
Decision making and goal setting skills