Physical Education

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Spark offers multiple resources and tools for advocating for physical education and activity.  It also includes tools for early childhood, after-school programs, and for parents.

Access:  Advocacy for Physical Education and Physical Activity


This document represents expert consensus about appropriate and inappropriate practices observed frequently in physical education.

Access: Appropriate Instructional Practice Guidelines for Physical Education in Elementary Schools

This national, bipartisan, membership organization of athletes, coaches, and sports administrators come together to make sure every child has the best chance to compete in life.   They educate the public and policy makers at the local, state, and national levels about the need to invest in proven, cost-effective programs that help children overcome the obstacles that prevent them from competing  successfully in the 21st century.

Access: Champions for America's Future

Center for Disease Control and Prevention provides a comprehensive program for student activity.

Access: Comprehensive School Physical Activity Program

What Are the 5 Health-Related Components of Physical Fitness?

Access: Essential Components of Physical Fitness

The purpose of the Healthy Kids Act is to establish physical activity requirements for students in kindergarten through 12th grade and to establish nutritional content standards for food and beverages sold on or provided on school grounds during the school day (first bell to last bell).

Access: Healthy Kids Act   

This matrix integrates Webb's Depth of Knowledge (DOK) with Bloom's Cognitive Process Dimensions.

Access:  Hess Cognitive Rigor Matrix - Health and Physical Education (CRM)

Use the physical education national standards to develop physically-educated individuals who have the knowledge, skills, and confidence to enjoy a lifetime of healthful physical activity. The purpose of the National Standards document is to provide the framework for a quality physical education.

Access: National Standards for Physical Education 

This tools for the evaluation of PE teachers is provided by the National Association for Sport and Physical Education.

Access: Physical Education Teacher Evaluation Tool

Shape America is the Society of Health and Physical Educators.

Access: Shape America

Profile of Iowa.

Access: Shape Iowa

This report by Shape America provides the status of physical education in the United States.  Physical education addresses the needs of the whole child by helping children exercise both their bodies and their minds, with a positive impact on their physical, mental, and emotional health.

Access: Shape of the Nation 2016

They help you create an environment where all children have a positive experience being physically active. Easily transform attitudes with the right physical activity resource.

Access:  Skillastics

SPARK is dedicated to creating, implementing, and evaluating research-based programs that promote lifelong wellness. SPARK strives to improve the health of children and adolescents by disseminating evidence-based physical activity and nutrition programs that provide curriculum, staff development, follow-up support, and equipment to teachers of Pre-K through 12th grade students.

Access: SPARK has just published new research on teen fitness in the U.S.
The article includes:

  • Geographical differences and how they impact exercise habits
  • Differences in physical activities between young and older teens
  • What accounts for differences between female and male exercise levels

Access Here:  States with the Most Physically Active Teens


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This page was last updated: 2/8/24