In 2003, schools in West Virginia were randomly selected to participate in the Health Education Assessment Project conducted by the WVDE Office of Healthy Schools. The information taken from this program was quite valuable in assessing students’ “core” knowledge of health education.
In 2005 HB 2816 The Healthy Lifestyles Act was signed into law and the law includes the following mandate: “The State Board shall prescribe a standardized health education assessment to be administered within health education classes to measure student health knowledge and program effectiveness.”
Schools are required to provide the HEAP to health education/wellness education students in grades 6, 8 and/or 9-12.
Keep in mind that the HEAP is designed to measure only the “student’s knowledge of health education and program effectiveness.” It should NOT be used as an “end-of-course” exam