The Shape of Things to Come

by Joy Keller on Nov 01, 2006

Here’s some updated information about the status of physical education (PE) in U.S. schools from the latest Shape of the Nation Report: Status of Physical Education in the USA, released by the National Association for Sports & Physical Education:

  • Forty-seven states and the District of Columbia have their own state standards for PE.
  • Approximately 30% of states do not mandate PE for elementary and middle-school students.
  • Almost one-fourth of states (12) allow required PE credits to be earned through online PE courses.
  • Forty-three percent of states (22) require PE grades to be included in a student’s grade point average.
  • Sixteen states require comprehensive assessment tests for graduation, but none of these include PE.
  • Thirty-six states use educational report cards that individually rate specific subject areas, but only three of these states (California, Hawaii and Kentucky) include PE on their cards.
  • Currently only three states—Arkansas, California and Illinois—require schools to measure body mass index for each student.

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Joy Keller

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Joy Keller is executive editor of IDEA Fitness Journal and IDEA Fit Business Success, and is also a certified personal trainer, indoor cycling instructor, yoga teacher (RYT 200) and Reiki Master. Joy joined IDEA Health & Fitness Association in 2002, and brought with her a wealth of information about how to fine-tune communication channels, after having spent her formative career years specializing in business-to-business journalism. Before she even graduated with honors from the respected University of Georgia journalism school, Joy was offered a job at one of the most successful trade publishing companies in the southeast, Shore Varrone, Inc. She made her mark in the automotive aftermarket industry as a creative thinker and journalist with an intuitive knack for researching and understanding niche audiences. Joy has worked on several titles, including Auto Trim & Restyling News, Truck Accessory News, Digital Output Magazine, Retail & Construction News, Miata magazine, Ford Racing, and many more. Her passion, however, lies with health and fitness. She was the associate editor of ACE Certified News while working at the American Council on Exercise, and transitioned that publication from a newsletter to a magazine. She has enjoyed 17 years at IDEA, where she has launched several publications, including the award-winning Inner IDEA Body-Mind Spirit Review, IDEA Pilates Today and IDEA Fit Business Success. Joy is a content creator and media 2.0 advocate who takes pride in discovering the unique information needs of qualified audiences, and she is dedicated to serving those needs while following the highest available standards.