CDC Reveals Positive Physical Education Trends Over Past Decade

August 30, 2013
by Brian Toporek
Education Week

Since the turn of the millennium, the proportion of states and districts paying closer heed to students' physical fitness has increased significantly, according to a new study from the Centers for Disease Prevention and Control.

The "2012 School Health Policies and Practices Study" (SHPPS), released this week, found that the percentage of districts requiring elementary schools to teach physical education increased by more than 10 percentage points over the past 12 years. In 2000, 82.6 percent of districts required phys. ed. in elementary schools; by 2012, that figure jumped to 93.6 percent of districts.

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