Status of Physical Education in the USA

The 2012 Shape of the Nation Report: Status of Physical Education in the USA provides a current picture of physical education in the American education system. The 2012 survey finds areas of both improvement and decline since the 2010 Shape of the Nation Report. Thirty-eight states, 74.5%, mandate physical education in elementary, middle/high, and high school, but most do not require a specific amount of instructional time and more than half allow exemptions, waivers, and/or substitutions.

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  • State Standards for Physical Education here >>
  • Key State Physical Education Policies and Practices here >>   
  • State Requirements for Teacher Certification/Licensure in Physical
    Education here >>
  • State Requirements for Student Assessment in Physical Education here >>
  • Supplemental Data Tables here >>