Physical Education Guidelines

SHAPE America recommends that schools provide 150 minutes of instructional physical education for elementary school children, and 225 minutes for middle and high school students per week for the entire school year. A quality physical education program provides learning opportunities, appropriate instruction,meaningful and challenging content and student and program assessment.

Appropriate Instructional Practice Guidelines

Appropriate_PracticeThese best-selling SHAPE America booklets describe physical education practices that serve the best interests of children and students from preschool through high school. Learn more...

Opportunity to Learn Guidelines

Opportunity to LearnThis document addresses program elements that are essential to provide full opportunity for students to learn physical education in elementary school. Learn more...



 

Other Guidance Documents

Guidance documents provide a widely accepted protocol on a variety of topics. Although guidance documents communicate information that is widely accepted and used in the profession, guidance documents are not official  position statements. The following guidance documents are available:

Physical Education

High-Quality Physical Education: How Does Your Program Rate?
Instructional Framework for Fitness Education in Physical Education
How Can I Demonstrate to My Building Principal That I Am an Effective Physical Education Teacher?
CDC Executive Summary of BMI Measurement in Schools

SHAPE America's Position: Although SHAPE America does not offer a position on the use of Body Mass Index (BMI) in school settings, SHAPE America supports the recommendations set forth by the CDC

Opportunity to Learn Guidelines
What is a Teacher Work Sample
School Physical Education Checklist
Appropriate Instructional Practice Guidelines, K-12:A Side-by-Side Comparison
Physical Education Teacher Evaluation Tool
Top 10 Reasons for Quality Physical Education
Teaching Large Class Sizes in Physical Education
Educating the Whole Child & Reducing Childhood Obesity
Cooper Institute FITNESSGRAM Reference Guide

SHAPE America's Position: SHAPE America currently does not have an established standard for professionals when taking BMI readings of students in their setting. BMI is one of the tests used in FITNESSGRAM, the assessment component of Physical Best curriculum.

CDC - Assessing Your Weight

SHAPE America's Position: Although SHAPE America does not offer a position on the use of Body Mass Index (BMI) in school settings, SHAPE America supports the recommendations set forth by the CDC

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