Washington, D.C. just released the results of its standardized sex-ed and health test- the very first of its kind in the nation. Which is awesome, and there should be more like it, although there probably won’t be… given that 38 of the states are like “Babies come from storks. Here, have a purity ring and a chastity belt!” these days.
While the students did pretty well on most of the exam for the most part (the city-wide average was 62%… which was actually better than the math and reading exams, which both had an average of 49%), the area where they seemed to have the most trouble was in “locating health information and assistance”- the average score being 42%. Which is not surprising given that several other polls have reported that the majority of college students don’t know how to use the internet to search for reproductive health resources in their area. But also weird, because Google.
It’s a bit frightening that, even in one of the few places in this country with comprehensive sex-ed, students are still so clueless about reproductive health. Luckily, the results of this test will help D.C. understand where there are gaps, which will hopefully help them fight the continuing rise in the city’s teen pregnancy and STI rates.
Given that studies already show that 60% of American students have positively bizarre ideas about birth control due to abstinence-only programs, it would probably be pretty helpful to have the test nationalized. At the very least, they should probably have comprehensive computer-ed classes so that they at least know how to Google things.