Physical Education in Our Nation

November 12, 2013

Physical Education

The 2013 NAHPERD Fall Conference provided the following information on the current status of Physical Education in our nation.

Loopholes are stalling progress in Physical Education across the United States.  74.5% of states require students to take physical education from elementary through high school.  BUT, inadequacies in state policies place challenging hurdles on the path to progress...

  • 28 states allow exemptions and waivers
  • ONLY 22 states require schools to allot a specific amount of time for physical education
  • ONLY 10 states designate specific funding for professional development in physical education

And that's not all...

  • ONLY 6 states require physical education in every grade: IL, HI, MA, MS, and VT
  • ONLY 3 states require schools to provide the nationally recommended (150+ min/week) of PE in elementary school: NJ, LA and FL
  • ONLY 3 states require schools to provide the nationally recommended (225+ min/week) of PE in high school: WV, UT and MT

Visit www.naspeinfo.org/shapeofthenation for more information

 

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