Voices for Healthy Kids
April 25, 2017
Congratulations, Washington! Thank you for taking steps to improve PE in schools around the state!
On April 20th, the Governor signed HB 1235, which requires the reporting of PE quality at school, district, and state level. This includes the number of students completing a physical education class during the school year, the average number of minutes per week of physical education received by students in grades 1-8, the number of students granted waivers from physical education, the frequency with which physical education is provided to students, an indication of whether, as a matter of policy or procedure, the district routinely modifies and adapts its physical education curriculum for students with disabilities, and other key information to assess the quality and quantity of physical education throughout the state.
The PE assessment is an incremental approach that can lead to deeper work regarding credentialing and required minutes of physical education. The new requirements go into effect on 7/23/2017.
Congratulations to the Childhood Obesity Prevention Coalition, SHAPE Washington, the YMCAs of Washington, and the American Heart Association for their work in helping all children achieve a healthy weight through increasing PE in schools.