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Document Number: 7138

Shape of the Nation - This report provides current information on the status of physical education in each of the states and the District of Columbia. The report examines the following areas: (1) time requirements; (2) exemptions/waivers and substitutions; (3) class size; (4) standards, curriculum and instruction (5) Student assessment and program accountability; (6) physical education teacher certification/licensure; (7) national board certification in physical education; (8) state physical education coordinator; and (9) Body Mass Index (BMI) collection. Selected findings include: the majority of states mandate that students must take physical education; 18states grant exemptions/waivers for school districts regarding physical education time or credit requirements; 12 states allow required physical education credits to be earned through online physical education courses; and 22 states require physical education grades to be included in a student's grade point average. (National Association for Sport and Physical Education & American Heart Association, 2006) ...

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