NJDOE was interested in assessing: if local school district HIV education policy content was consistent with the Code; the dynamics of local policy development; and school and district staff perceptions and practices regarding HIV education policies.
NJDOE also was interested in determining if: inservice training was accessible to teachers assigned to provide HIV education; the scope and impact of HIV inservice programs; and the training needs of staff assigned to teach the HIV curriculum.
The sample was representative of middle and high schools in the state, with the exception of those schools in the Newark and Jersey City school districts, which conducted HIV prevention programs independent of NJDOE.
Principal and lead health teacher questionnaires were based on the School Health Education Profile (SHEP) study, and included the basic SHEP items, plus additional items designed to answer NJDOE evaluation questions.
Superintendents' perceptions appeared supportive of existing NJDOE mandates reflected in local HIV education policies: 84% indicated they would maintain the current time allotted to HIV instruction even if mandates were removed.
Overall, the NJDOE strategy of using state mandates to stimulate change proved successful.