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Too Many US Schools Are Failing Sex Ed

In most of the US, fewer than half of US high schools teach all the sex ed topics the CDC recommends, according to an agency report. Only 20 percent of middle schools do. About a third of teens ages 14 and 15 in the US say they’ve had sex at least once — which means that many adolescents are making sexual decisions without the information they deserve.

For high schools, the three best states were New York, New Jersey, and New Hampshire, where more than 75 percent of schools cover all the CDC’s recommended information. The worst state was Arizona, where only one in five high schools taught all recommended topics. And middle schools in general faired worse than high schools did; the CDC couldn’t find a single US state where the majority of middle schools met the government’s goal for sexual health education.