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.
- In 2011, a Strategic Plan to enhance P.E. was released. This plan not only identifies ways that school boards, superintendents, and principals can be leaders in enhancing P.E., it provides a high-level roadmap for implementing the vision that all Illinois K-12 students will participate in daily, high-quality physical education.
- In 2013, based on recommendations of the Enhanced P.E. Task Force, Illinois amended the IL Learning Standards for Physical Development & Health based on research in neuroscience that impacts the relationship between physical activity and learning.
- In 2015, based on recommendations of the Stakeholder & Expert Task Force on P.E., Illinois implemented rules on administration and data reporting of physical fitness assessments for grades 3-12.
Enhanced Physical Education Strategic Plan
In order to make rapid and significant progress toward implementing enhanced P.E. programs and improved physical activity and wellness in Illinois schools, the Illinois State Board of Education, the Illinois Department of Public Health, and the Illinois Public Health Institute produced this Strategic Plan, with input from the Enhanced P.E. Task Force. This plan identifies three partners as most able to effect change and make enhanced P.E. in all Illinois schools a reality: school boards, superintendents, and principals. The Strategic Plan identifies ways that each of these three partners can be leaders in this effort, as well as corresponding community-level implementation strategies. This Enhanced Physical Education (P.E.) 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.
Enhance Physical Education Task Force (EPETF)
On August 27, 2012, the Senate passed
Public Act 97-1102 that creates the
Enhance Physical Education Task Force (EPETF). The purpose of this Task Force is to promote and recommend enhanced physical education programs that can be integrated with a broader wellness strategy and health curriculum in elementary and secondary schools in this state, including educating and promoting leadership on enhanced physical education among school district and school district officials; developing and utilizing metrics to assess the impact of enhanced physical education; promoting training and professional development in enhanced physical education for teachers and other school and community stakeholders; identifying and seeking local, State, and national resources to support enhanced physical education; and such other strategies as may be identified by the Task Force.
In August, 2013, the Task Force submitted its recommendations to the Governor and the General Assembly on Goals 19-24 of the Illinois Learning Standards for Physical Development and Health. The Task Force focused on updating the standards based on research in neuroscience that impacts the relationship between physical activity and learning.
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Stakeholder and Expert Task Force on Physical Education (SETFPE)
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