More and more research confirms that physical activity can have a positive influence on a child’s academic performance.

One study summed up its findings with this assertion: “Children who are more active show greater attention, have faster cognitive processing speed, and perform better on standardized academic tests than children who are less active.”

Considering this, it’s interesting to note that Idaho requires physical education for grades K-8 but doesn’t set minimum time requirements. Physical education must be offered as a course of study for grades 9-12, but it is not required nor is it a graduation requirement.

Is it time to revisit the lack of minimum requirements in physical education for Idaho’s students?

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References Cited:

The National Academies of Sciences Engineering Medicine: Educating the Student Body: Taking Physical Activity and Physical Education to School

Idaho State Department of Education: High School Graduation Requirements