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Revision of the Massachusetts Comprehensive Health Framework (CHF)

The Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (Department) is currently in the process of reviewing and revising the 1999 Massachusetts Comprehensive Health Framework Download PDF Document.

The revised CHF will include standards for health, physical education, and social-emotional learning competencies.

Revision Process/Timeline

Planning and Initial OutreachJune – October 2018
Revision Panel RecruitmentJune – November 2018
Revision Panel Meetings (All meetings were held 9:30 AM – 3:30 PM)
Approximately 45 individuals including administrators, health and PE educators, nurses, community-based providers, and public health contributed input and feedback on revisions.
  • December 17, 2018
  • January 9, 2019
  • March 6, 2019
  • April 5, 2019
  • May 7, 2019
  • June 11, 2019
Update Board of Elementary and Secondary Education (BESE)June 2019
Targeted Outreach to Additional Content Experts and Key StakeholdersOngoing
Resent Draft to BESE to discuss and vote on release for Public Comment

Public Comment Period

Present Final Draft to BESE to discuss and vote on approval of Revised Framework
Details will be posted once confirmed.

CHF Revision Panel

During the fall 2018, the Department began recruiting the revision panel. Information was posted to the Department's webpage, shared via the Weekly Update sent to all school administrators and many others, and emailed to several hundred individuals. In addition, the Department sought help from various associations and organizations to share the panel application with their networks. The Department received 85 applications and selected nearly 50 panelists who bring significant knowledge and expertise in the many areas of comprehensive health programming (e.g., physical education, nutrition, sexuality education, etc.). The panel Download Word Document has broad representation from various geographic regions, types of schools and districts, professional roles, professional and community-based organizations, and more.

If you are interested in receiving email updates about the CHF revision process, please email with the subject line "CHF Email List".

Last Updated: January 29, 2020

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