Time standards for physical education

In elementary school, children should participate in an instructional physical education program “for a minimum of 150 minutes each week across the school year, in addition to time allotted for free and/or supervised play,” according to the National Association for Sport and Physical Education (NASPE). “The length of the daily class period is appropriate to learners’ needs and maturation levels, with 30 minutes as a suggested minimum. Physical education instruction lasts a maximum of 30 minutes per class in grades K – 2 and a maximum of 45 minutes per class in grades 3 – 5.”

In middle and high schools, NASPE states that students “should participate in an instructional physical education program for a minimum of 225 minutes each week, or 450 minutes every 10 days on block schedules.”

Source: http://www.aahperd.org/naspe/standards/nationalGuidelines/upload/Opportunity-to-Learn-Grid-June-2010.pdf

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