Physical Education

Strategies to Improve the Quality of Physical Education (July 2010) (PDF | 598 KB)

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

This document outlines key strategies for increasing the amount of time that students are engaged in moderate to vigorous physical activity while in physical education class.

Make Action: An Easy-To-Use Toolkit to Advocate for Physical Education in Your Child’s Elementary School (June 2012) (PDF | 6.2 MB)

University of California, Berkeley. Center for Weight and Health.

This toolkit is for parents and other advocates to improve PE in their elementary schools.

Supporting Quality Physical Education and Physical Activity in Schools (October 2014)

CDC. Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. Bridging the Gap.

This research brief provides an assessment of PE and physical activity policies across school districts nationwide. Use this brief to identify areas of opportunity for your school.

The Association between School-Based Physical Activity, Including Physical Education, and Academic Performance

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

This report is a literature review that examines 23 years of research on the relationship between school-based physical activity, including physical education, and academic performance. Adding time during the school day for physical activity does not appear to take away from academic performance.

SHAPE America Resources (2015) (PDF | 256 KB)

SHAPE America.

Use these resources to understand the four components of a quality physical education program in your school. Includes a School Physical Education Program Checklist (PDF | 161 KB) for assessing your school’s physical education program.

SHAPE America's Resource Guide

SHAPE America.

A catalog search for physical education specific products, services, and information. Find products using keyword or category-specific searches.

Physical Activity and Education

Alliance for a Healthier Generation.

Find ideas to increase physical activity throughout the school day and read success stories from schools.

Physical Education Curriculum

Coordinated Approach to Child Health.

Curricula based on the CDC Whole School Whole Child model that aims to increase the amount of moderate-to-vigorous activity children engage in during their PE time.

Physical Education Lesson Plans

SPARK Physical Education.

Lesson plans for elementary, middle, and high school physical education.

Physical Education Curriculum Analysis Tool (PECAT)

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

A self-assessment and planning guide designed to help school districts and schools conduct clear, complete, and consistent analyses of physical education curricula, based upon national physical education standards.