Idaho Physical Education: Quality and Quantity Program and Policy Surveillance

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Due to limited statewide information, four Idaho universities, the Idaho Department of Education, and the Idaho Association of Health, Physical Education, Recreation, and Dance examined key indicators of physical education. The Physical Education Teacher Questionnaire (PETQ) incorporated quality and quantity measures of physical education based on the National Association for Sport and Physical Education criteria (National Association for Sport and Physical Education, 2003, 2004, 2007, 2008, 2009), and Physical Education Curriculum Assessment Tool (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 2006). The 36-question PETQ consisted of six global categories and a mixed question fox-mat. Out of 618 surveys sent, 285 (46% return rate) teachers reported on K-12 physical education from all six state educational regions. Findings of concern: (a) insufficient amount of required physical education, particularly in high school (32%); (b) minutes/week of physical education below NASPE recommendations (K-5 1% and 6th-12th 19% met standards); (c) lack of formal assessment and student self-assessment across domains of behavior (< 25%); (d) low amount of out of class assignments (47% reported none); (e) grading at mostly junior high and high school levels based on dress (66%), and (f) physical educators taking part in school wellness policy development (54%). …