How physical education is changing in Illinois
Illinois became the first state in the country to mandate physical education and health curriculum as part of a statewide push to improve health and fitness.
The law also created a new Department of Health and Physical Education, with the goal of establishing a national model for physical education across the state.
In addition to the physical education mandate, the law requires students to learn basic physical education, and to complete a 10-minute fitness test.
It also requires students and staff to undergo annual physical education evaluations and is expanding the physical fitness classes to include other topics such as music, nutrition, and sports.
The Department of Physical Education will also have a team of educators and other experts that can assess students’ progress, the governor’s office said.
It’s expected to launch its first physical education classes later this month.
Illinois is the first in the nation to require physical education in schools as part the statewide push for physical health and well-being, according to the Illinois Department of Public Health and Environment.
While Illinois’ law has garnered attention nationally, its implementation is a long way from being universal.
The federal government has not made physical education a mandatory curriculum in schools, and states that mandate physical activity, such as Washington, D.C., have not followed suit.
The state of Minnesota is one of the first states to mandate that students learn physical education.