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Shape of the Nation – Where Does Illinois Rank?

by Anne S. on Monday, December 3, 2012

Earlier this month the National Association for Sport and Physical Education (NASPE) and the American Heart Association released the 2012 Shape of the Nation Report: Status of Physical Education in the USA report.  The report finds that while 74.5 percent of states mandate physical education in elementary through high school, most still fail to require a specific amount of instructional time and nearly half allow exemptions, waivers and/or substitutions. Illinois is one of these states.

To read the entire study, please visit this link: Shape of the Nation 2012 

To read Illinois profile, please visit this link: Illinois Profile Report 2012 

Take action by contacting your lawmakers and share this report.  Then ask them to end PE waivers in Illinois

Did you know that NASPE and the American Heart Association recommend that schools provide 150 minutes per week/30 minutes per day of instructional physical education for elementary school children, and 225 minutes per week/45 minutes per day for middle and high school students for the entire school year? Currently, no states follow these nationally recommended guidelines at all levels. 

We want to know what PE looks like in your local school district?  Use the comment section below to tell us about PE in your area.

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