Health Education Assessment Project (HEAP)

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The Health Education Assessment Project (HEAP) is a national consortium with the mission to improve students’ health literacy through improved health instruction, sponsored by the Council of Chief States School Officers (CCSSO).

One of HEAP's key resources that supports the mission of improving health literacy is a continually-expanding, 2000+ assessment item bank aligned to national health education standards. Click here for item bank coverage and development details.  

Michigan has aligned the item bank with the Michigan Model for Health curriculum. Teachers can search the item bank by grade level and specific unit to develop appropriate classroom assessments. Michigan has also used the item bank to develop an opt-out test/year-end exam.  

Michigan Merit Curriculum-Health Education Competency Assessment

Michigan Merit Curriculum—Health Education Competency Assessment (MMC-HECA)  was developed to provide teachers with a high-quality, fair, and rigorous end-of-course student assessment, measuring student proficiency in the state health education guidelines (Michigan Merit Curriculum).  It may also be used as a waiver exam for students requesting to test-out of health education.  Based on the national Health Education Assessment Project (HEAP), the assessment includes 73 assessment items.  A security agreement must be signed by teachers and returned to the regional school health coordinator before the assessment can be released.

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Michigan Profile for Healthy Youth

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The Michigan Profile for Healthy Youth (MiPHY) is an online, anonymous student survey that assesses risk behaviors, risk factors, and protective factors of students in grades 7, 9, and 11.  The survey asks students to self-report behaviors and attitudes about alcohol, tobacco, and other drug use, violence, safety, sexual behavior, physical activity and nutrition.  County level online reports are available to help communities and schools make data-based decisions and plan targeted interventions. 

Michigan Youth Risk Behavior Survey

The Michigan Youth Risk Behavior Survey (YRBS) is part of a nationwide surveying effort led by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to monitor students' health risks and behaviors in six categories identified as most likely to result in adverse outcomes. These categories include unintentional injury and violence, tobacco use, alcohol and other drug use, sexual behaviors that contribute to unintended pregnancy or disease, dietary behaviors, and physical inactivity.  State reports are available at  For national, state, and large city YRBS results, visit the CDC website at