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The Shape of Things to Come

By Joy Keller on Oct 31, 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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