Academic journal article Research Quarterly for Exercise and Sport

The Impact of Waivers on K-12 Physical Education Instruction in Illinois Schools

Academic journal article Research Quarterly for Exercise and Sport

The Impact of Waivers on K-12 Physical Education Instruction in Illinois Schools

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David Q. Thomas, Shelli Thurman, Michele R. Rahija, and Steven T. McCaw, Illinois State University

Illinois is the only state that has a law mandating daily physical education for all K-12 students. In recent years, school districts have been allowed to seek waivers to this mandate for a variety of reasons. To date, 30% of the school districts have received waivers. The purpose of this study was to evaluate the impact of waivers on K-12 physical education instruction in Illinois schools. A complete mailing list of all school districts (N = 794) was obtained from the Illinois State Board of Education. From this population 200 school districts that have not applied for a waiver were randomly selected along with 100 districts that have received a waiver. A survey was sent to the Superintendent of each district requesting that a physical education staff member be selected to respond to the survey. One hundred eighteen waivers were returned (40%) representing 71 of the 200 nonwaiver schools and 47 of the 100 schools with waivers. Means, medians, and response frequencies were calculated as appropriate. Waivers w ere most common for elementary school students (63.8% of school districts). …

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