A shift is occurring in Texas as more school districts move from abstinence-only sex education programs to a comprehensive approach that teaches about condoms and other contraceptives, according to an advocacy group’s study of state data.
In 2007, about 4 percent of the state’s school districts used comprehensive programs, according to a study by the Texas Freedom Network Education Fund, a research group that supports the approach known as abstinence-plus. A more recent analysis, based on data from a Texas Education Agency health education survey, found that nearly 25 percent of districts had abstinence-plus programs in 2010.
The TEA says the group’s research is probably accurate.
A version of this article appeared in the January 11, 2012 edition of Education Week as ‘Abstinence-Plus’ Growing in Texas