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Enhanced P.E. correlates directly to the health and well-being of students for the rest of their lives and has cognitive benefits, too, making students more receptive to learning. There is a significant body of research showing that children who are more physically active perform better in class and on standardized tests. Improving opportunities for physical activity is an imperative for improving our children’s academic achievement and their health.​​​​​​​


Pursuant to Section 27-6.5 of the School Code, the requirements for the Fitnessgram assessment do not apply “if the Governor has declared a disaster due to a public health emergency pursuant to Section 7 of the Illinois Emergency Management Agency Act.” Illinois continues to be under a disaster declaration at the start of the 2022-23 school year: The most recentPDF Document statewide Gubernatorial Disaster Proclamation connected with COVID-19 was issued on 8/19/2022 and expires 30 days thereafter (9/19/2022).  The Governor also reissued a statewide Disaster ProclamationPDF Document in connection with the Monkey Pox virus on 8/30/2022 that expires 30 days thereafter (9/30/2022). See Proclamation.​PDF Document  Therefore, the Fitnessgram assessment will not be required for the 2022-23 school year.

 Physical Education Learning Standards

  • Illinois Learning Standards for Physical Development and HealthPDF Document
    • STATE GOAL 19: Acquire movement and motor skills and understand concepts necessary to engage in moderate to vigorous physical activity.
    • STATE GOAL 20: Achieve and maintain a health-enhancing level of physical fitness based upon continual self-assessment.
    • STATE GOAL 21: Develop skills necessary to become a successful member of a team by working with others during physical activity.
    • STATE GOAL 22: Understand principles of health promotion and the prevention and treatment of ​illness and injury.
    • STATE GOAL 23. Understand human body systems and factors that influence growth and development.
    • STATE GOAL 24: Promote and enhance health and well-being through the use of effective communication and decision-making skills.​​

 Physical Education State Laws/Statutes and Rules/Regulations

 Enhanced Physical Education Strategic Plan

The Illinois Enhanced Physical Education Strategic Plan​PDF Document was produced in collaboration by the Illinois State Board of Education, the Illinois Department of Public Health, and the Illinois Public Health Institute with input from the Enhanced P.E. Task Force to improve physical activity and wellness in Illinois schools. The Strategic Plan identifies ways that school boards, superintendents, and principals can be leaders in this effort, as well as corresponding community-level implementation strategies. This Strategic Plan provides a high-level roadmap for implementing the vision that all Illinois K-12 students will participate in daily, high-quality physical education.

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