10 Top Tools
for Health and Physical Educators
The Every Student Succeeds Act
(ESSA) identifies school health and physical education as part of a
student’s “well-rounded education,” along with other subjects such as art, music, civics, science and more.
This new federal education legislation provides increased access to funds for health and PE programs
(including professional development) and allows states and school districts to set their own priorities for
funding and accountability.
It’s critical to have a voice for health and physical education at the table as decisions are made in the
months ahead. Use the following tools to become that voice in your school district.
2016 PE + Health = Student Success Infographic
Use this visual piece to show the benefits of health and physical education for students, from improved academic
performance to reduced discipline referrals and more.
Title IV, Part A Fact Sheet
Learn all the details about the flexible block grants available under Title IV, Part A that will provide schools
with access to funds for school health and physical education.
State Leaders ESSA Support Letter
Send a customized letter to your governor or chief state school officer to ensure that health and physical education are included in your state’s ESSA implementation plan.
Watch this engaging video to understand the new legislation, its potential impact on school health and physical education, and the need to take action now.
Join SHAPE America to access this online community, stay informed on ESSA and connect with others who are taking action.